When You Lose A Loved One!


My wife and I visited her brother this past week, who is suffering from the ravages of cancer. It has been a very painful time for both of us.  Witnessing a loved one suffering brings out the deepest emotions of love and compassion.  I was reminded of the last time I sat with a family member,  my brother, who, on October 16, 2007, died of pancreatic cancer. Not long before he died at the age of 59, I wrote a letter to him. I quote a few lines.

“When I think of you I always smile…I guess it’s because every memory I have of you is a positive one…Memories come to mind when I think of our brotherhood over the years. From my earliest memories to now, it has been a great honor and joy to be called your brother.”

I then went on to say:

“I guess more than anything else I can honestly say that I love you…I have memories that will live forever in my mind but, most importantly, in my heart. I have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and know you feel the same. We are brothers forever!

God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you; With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet, Till we meet at Jesus’ feet, Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.  (Hymn 152)

It will be a grand reunion in the hereafter! Till we meet again I will do my best to stay on the straight and narrow so that when my day comes, I will be ready. I love you, always your brother!”

I share these most private of my thoughts with you regarding such feelings because, like most of you, I have experienced the pain of losing a loved one. But I have hope and a strong belief that Jesus is the Christ and that by him, all mankind can be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of his gospel. That through Him and by Him, our Savior, we can be reunited with our loved ones who have passed through the veil. ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again’ is not just a hymn we sing. It is an anthem to our faith! We sing it because we believe it!  We sing it as tears fill our eyes!  We sing it because we have hope in a grand reunion! We will continue to sing it till we meet again in our Father’s kingdom!

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