“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”-John 16:22
The roots of suffering grow in the soil of longing. We want connection, but we feel alone. We desire comfort, but we face conflict. We fill our minds with visions of heaven, hoping for its swift arrival, while we bide our time in this broken world.
Jesus told his followers that their sorrow and pain came from him saying he was going away, but then he said those amazing words: “But I will see you again.” He had already told them this, but these words are so clear and direct. “I will see you again.” Did they hear him this time? Were they able to process what he was saying?
When we see Jesus face to face, we will rejoice at our reunion, not with fleeting happiness but with unfading joy, knowing that he is our eternity.
Jesus, sometimes your absence feels palpable to me. I know that feeling of separation comes from within me, and not from you. You are always with me. Make that my ever-present reality. Amen.