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06/14/2012

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Verse Four


"When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again" John Fawcett 1782....

In Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Juliet utters the famous phrase, "parting is such sweet sorrow." The apostle Paul had stayed in Ephesus longer than any other place. When it came time to leave, there was a great sorrow. "They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship" (Acts 20:37-38). The tie that binds Christians together is so strong that such a departure can be a painful and emotional experience. If we have never experienced that pain, we might need to revisit the tie...Separation of those who have shared a spiritual communion with one another can give us inward pain. Fawcett then adroitly adds; "But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again." Paul addresses this in his letter to the Colossians with the words; "For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit." (Col.2:5). In the movie Forest Gump, he explains to Ginny the beauty of the sunrises while he was running. She responds with the words, "I wish I had been with you." He said, "You were." When we are apart physically, there can still be a powerful spiritual bond that maintains the tie. Our final and wonderful hope is that of an everlasting resting place we will share, that is made possible by the resurrection of Jesus. This glorious hope keeps our hearts joined together. If all other bonds would diminish, this one never fails...There are two more verses to the song Blest Be The Tie that you might want to consider. With these four, Fawcett hit a grand slam...

Have a great day....Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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