I've had an interesting week pondering the beginning and the end of life.
Monday morning, I held a beautiful newborn baby. I was privileged to hold that sweet, little infant who only recently left his Heavenly Father's presence. When I held him, I could feel deep in my heart and soul how precious he is, and how precious we all are as spirit children of God.
Today, a member of my congregation died. There's nothing like the beginning and the end of life to remind one that God is in charge of all the things that matter.
As I think of this good man who has returned to his heavenly home, I picture a loving reunion taking place.
God intended for families to be eternal units. Father, Mother, children, grandparents, etc. Families are made up of not people we associate with only in this life with whom all bonds are severed at death. Family relationships are eternal relationships which can be continued beyond the grave.
"In 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World,' the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles proclaim that 'marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.' God's plan enables families who live the gospel and receive the necessary ordinances to be together forever with Him... When a man and woman are married in the temple, their family can be together forever. This is a common goal of Latter-day Saints." (lds.org)
I look forward to the day when we all will be reunited with our loved ones beyond the grave in complete families with "no empty chairs."