There is a hymn only us older folks recall or, perhaps, sing a few notes. There is a phrase that repeats and it goes like this; "...we'll never, never part again..."
This morning was bitter-sweet. Our son, his wife and four children left just moments ago for Sea-Tac airport in their odyssey-like return trip to their home in Maine. It's bitter because we haven't seen the whole family at one time for years. It's sweet because eight people cooking, eating, showering, dressing, and doing all the things that one's daily ablutions demand are very demanding in a 360 square foot cabin we call home.
Mercifully, we have three other outbuildings where they can sleep; all of them cozy, warm, and not too far from the cabin. The silence now is eerie, a little welcome, a little saddening.
But there is coming a time...soon we hope and pray...when Jesus Christ will take us to His house where there are many rooms. You know the verse; "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be also." [John 14:1-3]
So we come back to the words of the song, "Never Part Again". As I recall, there is point and counterpoint in the chorus that goes something like this;
Never part again?
No, never part again
We'll never, never part again."
We waved goodbye to those we love but could not see behind the darkened limousine windows . Just before it disappeared from sight, a hand (my son) waved their last goodbye. Walking down to the cabin I thought about this song and was cheered by the closing words of the chorus..."We'll never, never part again."
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus." [Revelation 22:20]
Goodbye Scott. Goodbye Delores. Goodbye Chris. Goodbye Nathan. Goodbye Beniah. Goodbye Aryona. We love you!