Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
A good Christian friend of mine is dying; in fact, by the time you read this post, he may be gone. This is harder for me than it is for him, because while he will soon be in the presence of God, I am will be left behind to grieve his loss. I will miss his friendship, his support, his passion for Bible study and his sense of humor. Fortunately for Christians, we do not grieve as the world does. This life is not the end, and everyone who is part of the family of God can look forward to meeting one another again. And so, the hymn, “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again” has been running through my mind.
It was written In 1880 by Dr.Jeremiah Rankin, Pastor of First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rankin was was looking for a farewell hymn to close the service. Not finding one that satisfied him, he decided to write his own. Taking a dictionary from his book shelf, he looked up the words “farewell” and “goodbye” to see what ideas might create the image he was searching for. He found that one definition for “goodbye” was “God be with you”– and the seed that created this touching Christian hymn was planted.