I'm starting to dread opening up Facebook.
I come from a large family of aunts, uncles, cousins...so Facebook is the best way to see what everyone is up to. (I have 31 first cousins!) Nearly all of our relatives are in the US, and most in the eastern half, and there's an Alderman family gathering every August for any who can make it.
But living in Europe, we only see a few of the aunts and uncles and cousins when we are in the States for PD. As one of them said a few years ago, soon we will just see each other at funerals!
This morning I opened up FB to see that my cousin Noele had posted last night (Europe time) that her Dad was very near the end. I prayed for them and commented that we would keep on praying during this hard time.
I scrolled down, and my aunt posted a couple hours after Noele's, that Uncle Bruce is already with Jesus...
I'll Zoom with my Mom later today, as soon as I know she is awake. I am so very thankful for the technology that will make that connection easy and free! I will be able to watch the funeral online. And I know without a doubt that I will see my uncle again. He lived a simple life, driving and repairing trucks, caring for his disabled wife, and following Jesus with his whole heart.
But I won't be able to hug my dear aunt, or sit with my parents at the funeral, or share Uncle Bruce's corny jokes with my brothers at the church dinner after the service.
I won't be there. And that's hard.