When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship. Acts 20:36-38
Saying goodbye to loved ones can easily draw tears to our eyes. That’s what happened with the apostle Paul. The people he ministered to on his missionary journey stood beside him at the dock waiting for him to depart. Tears filled their eyes because they realized they would never again see the one who led them to Christ (at least on this side of heaven). When you serve God in ministry with other people, the heartfelt affection runs deep. There are friends I have from seasons of life that are as close as a brother. When I see them its always a sweet reunion. And for those I miss, I know we see each other again in heaven.
Do I appreciate the friendships I am making in ministry for the deep and meaningful manner in which God knits our hearts?
Lord Jesus, may our partings be tear filled, by Your design, with those with whom we labor in Your Field! I am grateful for my wife, children, and co-laborers over the years who are working in the kingdom of God.