I find myself often fishing for quotes that hit a deeper note within me, whether from music lyrics or movies or TV shows, books, poetry, what have you… This one from the X-files comes very close:
“In the endless procession of souls… in what cannot and will not be destroyed. I want to believe we are unaware of God’s eternal recompense and sadness. That we cannot see His truth. That that which is born still lives and cannot be buried in the cold earth. But only waits to be born again at God’s behest… where in ancient starlight we lay in repose.”…”You know, I never stop to think… that the light is billions of years old by the time we see it. From the beginning of time right past us into the future. Nothing is ancient in the universe. But, maybe they are souls, Scully. Traveling through time as starlight, looking for homes.”
How often do we stop to gaze at that starlight wondering how long ago it started to travel? How beautifully it lights up the darkness of the night sky… What a comfort if, in fact, this could be true – to know our loved ones are still up there, perhaps looking down at us and waiting for us to join them again.
As for knowing God’s eternal recompense and sadness, my guess is as good as yours. I feel as though God works in mysterious ways, and in these times when we lose the people we love, we tend to treasure the time spent with them. As for those who are taken away from us too soon or with extreme pain, I will never know why or how to rationalize that… just taking it for face value as a side-effect of humanity’s free will. And God’s sadness? I believe He feels a great deal of it – more than we can ever imagine.