when someone goes away on trip, and i mean someone who means something to you–we tend to miss them. we feel like a part of ourselves is well, missing. we feel a bit distraught and maybe even for some — confused. and when they return, well, that’s the best part. it seems like the sun shines a bit brighter and the world is at peace. for some, your soul may be at rest. however you relate to people, one thing is for sure…losing them is painful. whether it be death or irreconcilable differences. loss hurts. it feels like a part of you is completely lost and will never return. it even seems for some that life is over. that life is now in black and white and has lost its color. life is monochromatic. the food you once ate, that tasted so life-giving now just gives you stomach cramps. the paths you used to walk together don’t seem so beautiful. life has become a television rerun. So, my question is this, do we need to lose something (and if it returns) so it can have significance. do we need to lose to gain? does the loss of something/someone actually make the act of having them that much more significant? i mean, in wider terms Jesus says we must lose to gain, last to be first, and other upside down turnovers as well…hmmm….