Death is hard. Loss sucks and a friend reminded me that death hurts so much because of the loss of relationship that we face people we love. Sometimes we can even feel deep sadness when someone we DON’T know dies. I’ve wondered why. I think it might be because of our longing for deep relationships.
This video/song struck me deeply this week. Why? Is it because of the loss of relationship that others feel as a result of Paul Walker’s death? Maybe. Maybe I’m relating to some of my own losses of people I loved who have died. I could also be that I long for others to know that there is more to life than what we see here on earth.
Interestingly though, I think that the deepest part of me relates to this, not because of these things, but instead because I long for relationships like this. I want people to feel close enough to me to call me family and to know that I made an impact on their lives that will last even after I’m gone.
The Bible talks about these friends that are closer than brothers. A David and Jonathan depth of friendship and relationship.
1 Sam. 18: 1
the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
I believe we were designed for incredible and indescribable relationship with God, but that along with that we long for relationships with others who can sharpen us and walk with us as we live our lives and pursue God together.
Paul Walker obviously meant a lot to a lot of people.
May each of us impact others in the same way, and let others impact us too.