团圆

Today was reunion-ful -or at least full of talk of reunions.

My cousin Ryan texted me about our Christmas plans. I spent the day trying to find a Christmas present for my grandma, whom I will hopefully see soon. Two of my apartment-mates (haven’t seen them for a while…) wrote me facebook posts. A music camp friend I met three years ago messaged me saying he’d be at Urbana next week. That brings the long-lost friend-at-Urbana count up to five, three of my Shanghai teammates + my program director will be there as well! [yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. okay, just had to toss that in.] I got a message from one of my 大哥哥 from the Shanghai program; he was just there this past weekend and met up with some of our mutual friends at university there (which is entirely unfair, btw). I’m currently on gchat with a buddy I haven’t seen for months who’ll be in town in a few days. And just last night, I hung out with a bunch of friends from high school that I hardly see anymore.

These Christmastime reunions are fabulously fun. They also make me miss everyone even more as they remind me of the good times that were, that can never quite be again. Sometimes I think it’s terribly unfair how my life just moves on without these amazing people that used to be in it, day in day out. Then I am reminded how wonderfully unfair it is that I got to meet them in the first place, how blessed I am to have been touched by their different personalities and talents and senses of humor at all. It’s still unfair regardless. I feel like either sitting in my room and staring out the window in melancholy reminiscence or complaining loudly about how I miss them all dreadfully. But it also makes me very glad that each of these reunion-hopeful friends I mentioned just so happens to be a Christ-follower, one of those the apostle Paul says has hope for what is yet to come -an eternity with each other and Jesus Christ, whose birthday we are about to celebrate. The birthday behind the holiday that brings about all these reunions…

Can’t wait to see you all soon.

-christine <3

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