A Place of Grand Reunions!

View from the air Saturday I flew into MN to meet up with our In The Gap team for a staff retreat! At the airport I enjoyed observing many grand reunions of those who had had a long day of travel. Suddenly faces lit up from across the room as people ran to greet their loved ones with a long hug. Ecstatic waves sent a warm welcome across the baggage claim.  One cute boy ran up exclaiming “Daddy!” and was swooped up in the man’s big hug. I saw a family with a mentally handicapped daughter enthusiastically reunite despite the fact that she couldn’t outwardly respond. Big smiles and laughs, loading the car.  Together at last! It was such a reminder that life is a journey which will end in the presence the Lord. For some it will be a joyous day; for others the worst nightmare. Which will it be for you? For more insight on how to use your life to build a relationship with God visit www.livingwaters.com.



  1. Sarah Wilkes August 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    I love your analogy Esther! What a day that will be when we see Jesus Christ our King. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!

  2. The Gunn Family August 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Important questions! Thanks for sharing them! As we live in Minnesota, on behalf of all of us, I hope you enjoyed your time, (however brief) in our fair state:)! We love the “people watching” at the airport and the glad reunions (the stories behind the sad goodbyes touch our hearts, too.) Saturday was a gorgeous day here! We have had some beautiful weather lately, after one of the hottest summers anyone can recall for some time! Though we live on the northwest side of the city, the day you flew in, my husband and daughter were out together at IKEA (just minutes from the airport) buying some shelving for her room and shopping thrift stores, and celebrating her 21st birthday, which just happened to be that day! They then picked up her grandma who lives about 10 minutes from the airport and we had a family celebration back at home in the evening. It is always interesting to think about seeing someone “out of context” (one who you are used to seeing only in photos on the computer screen) and if you saw them on the street, you would probably end up walking right by them. Kelsey and I were talking about that just today, in regards to another person we know only online–“cyber friends,” my husband calls them–who lives in our area, but we would probably not recognize her if we saw her in the grocery store! We’re glad that you were able to come to Minnesota and a belated welcome to you!
    Mrs. Gunn, for The Gunn Family

  3. Michael August 19, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Looking at your pictures I am reminded that we will meet the Lord in the air! Awesome thought!

  4. Donald August 20, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Go Esther!

  5. Barbara August 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Great illustration Esther! There sure is a reason God has you teaching in schools right now!

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