It surges up unexpectedly.
I love it here. I love the people. I love the crowds. I love almost everything about it.
But today, walking to the center of my dear little town to meet a new friend for lunch, I caught a smell of the sunscreen on my face. Yes, it is sunny enough to need it – and as I walked by blooming cherry trees and kids shedding their jackets, I was immediately transported to lazy summer days on the Lake of the Ozarks, reading next to my best friends.
It would have been less painful if the guy in front of me had suddenly turned and punched me in the stomach.
Among the interesting people I am meeting and the amazing stories they have to tell, my heart still longs for those who are far from me.
I pray that with the hope heaven holds of the end of pain, sickness, and death, it will also hold an end to distance. At times it is too much to bear.