Posted by: tommybrennan | August 24, 2007

Love and Loss

I have recently been thinking upon the human condition.  We are mortal.  This means we will all leave this planet.  This is almost always involuntary, and we cannot avoid it.  We can only delay it, at best.   I believe that the biggest fear we face is the fear of being alone.  Death is experienced alone, and is irreversible.   We all want to avoid it, but none of us will.  Add to this the fear of the unknown, and we can easily understand why we don’t want to think about it.  As Woody Allen said “it’s not that I am afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens”.   I wish it were that easy.

Anyway, the point I want to get at is this: the thing that gives our lives meaning, purpose and joy is our relationships.  If these are healthy, our lives are full and meaningful.  Our relationships will also come to an end, like our lives.  This is the primary cause of man’s insecurity in this life.  All of our relationships will come to an end, either by sin, or by death, except one.  Our relationship to God will never be taken away.   This is why we are at our best when we seek His face and obey what we know His will to be.   Our hearts are drawn to our Father, for it is in Him that our lives originate, and ultimately depend.  It is also through Him that we hope to see our loved ones in the next life.   Christ answers the deepest needs of the hearts of men and women and children.

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  1. So true, Daddy…
    I find such incredible comfort in the fact that He may ask us to sacrifice EVERYTHING in this world, but Him…

    He is our only true constant….

  2. I was just having a discussion with a friend this morning about the eventual loss of our fathers (a morbid subject, I know, but very real). We concluded that as much as it will be painful, we at least have a hope; 1.) that we will see our Christian fathers again, and 2.) that no relationship is as great as the one we have both presently and in the days ahead with Jesus.

    Well said, Tom.

    CH


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