Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you.
[Gen 12:1 NET]
Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man who had lived a full life. He joined his ancestors.
[Gen 25:8 NET]
After all communion we dwell as upon islands, dotted over a great archipelago, each upon his little rock with the sea dashing between us; but the time comes when, if our hearts are set upon that great Lord whose presence makes us one, there shall be no more sea and all the isolated rocks shall be parts of a great continent … If we cultivate that sense of detachment from the present and of having our true affinities in the unseen, if we dwell here as strangers because our citizenship is in heaven, then death will not drag us away from our associates nor hunt us into a lonely land, but will bring us where closer bonds shall knit the “sweet societies” together, and the sheep shall couch close by one another because all gathered round the one Shepherd. Then many a tie shall be re–woven, and the solitary wanderer meet again the dear ones whom he had “loved long since and lost awhile.”
~ Alex. McLaren ~