On Missing

I miss a lot of people.

Living near Sacramento for 20 years or so, in San Jose for 2 years, and now Chicago area for 3-1/2 years now, there are many people I’ve left behind, both in space and time.

My Facebook friends list is testament to this. Only people I’ve actually met or had substantial interaction or connection with are my friends on facebook. I don’t accept people as friends just because we have mutual friends or because they ask. And still the list just passed 600 people.

Old churches, social groups, organizations, choirs, jobs, etc. Each contribute a few more memories to me and a few more friends to my life. And a few more people to feel melancholy when I remember I haven’t seen them for some time.

I’m glad that for my thus far short history the years have been full of joy and pain, angst and enthusiasm, love and loss. It means that I’ve made much of the opportunities I’ve been given and for the many people I’ve rubber shoulders with many relationships have begun.

And for the vast majority of them, I know they will continue on forever as they are with brothers and sisters of Christ.

Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

And so, on this Thanksgiving Day, 2008, I wish that for each of you there will be people you can remember, joys you can share, love you can bask in, and plenty of blessings to relish today, and for each and every day of your life, both long past and yet to come.

2 thoughts on “On Missing”

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m having a hard time with missing many people today and your words gave me comfort.:)

  2. Well written, Matthew. Curiously, I wonder how marvelous it will be when we are all in on city.

    Much truth in “Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all”.

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