The One Show on BBC 1 tonight draws attention to reunions and partings.
However, the same show had a marvellous story about the reunion of two students whose lives had parted 65 years before! They called it ‘Six decades of separation’. It was quite sentimental.
It reminded me of my listening to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme in 1998 about people phoning old friends after 20 years’ absence, in my case 1978, which prompted my phoning a former medical colleague ‘out of the blue’. I was delighted to discover that they recognised my voice immediately without my having to identify this ‘voice from the past’! It must be ‘my dulcet tones’. This was in the era before social media and the internet was just beginning.
Memories and reminiscences are part of my being – possibly too sentimental for some, but that is the way that I am and I, like most people, like the way I am. So much so, that many people do not contemplate the profound change that the Lord Jesus Christ informs us that we all need.
It is sad that the secular philosophy of our society has made young people hate themselves. They demean themselves by contrasting themselves on social media with success or perceived better traits in other people, which the Bible teaches is “not wise” 2Cor 10:12. Rather, to improve their self-worth they should be taught the value of their soul. This secular age is short-changing our young people.
Those who do not like to change, nor feel the need to change, imply that they are perfect, which is the meaning of God’s description of Himself “I am Who I am” Ex 3:14 – in other words, I am not what you want Me to be, but I am what and Who I am. God alone is perfect and does not need to change. We need to change, beginning with being born again, after which we continue to be ‘work in progress’.
Back to our aged lovebirds on BBC’s The One Show. Jock corrected them that it was actually 65 years, even more than the ‘Six Decades’ since they met. When he did eventually meet Joyce he said: “I’ve got so much to learn about you.” “We never really said, Goodbye.” This reminded me of some of my parting greetings. When people say, “Goodbye”, I ask if they know what Goodbye means. Usually, they don’t. So I tell them that it is a conflation of “God be with you”. So this is a good parting phrase. Possibly, a secularist reading this blogpost will now stop using Goodbye.
Recently, as I get older and feel my age, being unable to promise myself more time in this world, I have begun to use the parting comment: “Will I meet you in heaven?”
As you can imagine, there is a wide variety of answers to this question and it can lead to a profitable conversation. I plan to make an additional blogpost about these answers.
Of those who answer in the affirmative, I am able to continue: “Well – we don’t have the time right now, but I will get the rest of your story in heaven!”
So you have the BBC The One Show to thank for this blogpost about reunions and partings.
To all my readers:
It would be good to hear your story in heaven. Will you be there?
Every blessing – Goodbye!