“Not on your life! I’m not letting you out of my sight.” 2 Kings 2:4
In the 2 Kings story, Elijah was heaven bound, and yet before he was to be taken away, he had several errands to run. His son, Elisha, knew his father would not return and told him over and over, “I’m not letting you out of my sight!”
I’m writing this meditation on Memorial Day. I have been reading posts all morning saying, “Happy Memorial Day.” I’m not happy. I cannot write this greeting the same way I’d say “Happy Birthday.” I can say, “Blessed Memorial Day.” Blessed, because we have been given a chance for freedom by those who have served–regardless if they shed blood or gave the ultimate sacrifice of death. But happy, no. My heart is heavy for all the blood shed because people cannot get along in this world.
All around the world, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, and children continue to tell their military loved ones “goodbye,” wishing they could say, “I’m not letting you out of my sight.” And then they relinquish their soldier to the care of the Lord…and wait for their return.
Lord, help us keep our loved ones who are no longer in our sight in our hearts. Amen.