Until recently, I had only seen my great grandparents in still photos, but my Uncle Brian had some old silent home films transferred to DVD. For the first time, I saw my great grandparents interacting with others, smoking, joking, and smiling. I also saw my grandparents, and what they used to look like before they false teeth and gray hair. My father was just a little boy. He and his brothers were wearing Superman suits that my Nana had sown for them for Christmas – even a tiny suit for my dad’s wee baby brother, my Uncle Brian. After watching the vid several times, it occurred to me that everyone pictured in the oldest films, with the exception of my dad, my Uncle Terry, and my Uncle Brian, have passed away. The vid is full of love and life, but it’s just a little snippet, a thin slice of who they were or the lives they led. There was so much more to them than a couple of minutes of silent footage, and now they are gone. I take comfort in knowing that the God Who created all things is completely capable and willing to arrange a family reunion. I don’t know exactly how or when that happens, or what it looks like, but I know that God has purposed to do this. And He has purposed to do this, not just for my family, but for all the families of the earth.
[God] will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces …the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure, that He purposed in Himself, in regard to the dispensation of the fulness of the times, to bring into one the whole in the Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth – in him… (Isaiah 25:8, Ephesians 1:9-10)
This is an excerpt from the DVD my Uncle Brian made.