In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him a little boy. And he said to his boy, “Run and find the arrows that I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. And when the boy came to the place of the arrow that Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the boy and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?” And Jonathan called after the boy, “Hurry! Be quick! Do not stay!” So Jonathan's boy gathered up the arrows and came to his master. But the boy knew nothing. Only Jonathan and David knew the matter. And Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy and said to him, “Go and carry them to the city.” And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.
—1 Samuel 20:35-42
by: Kennedy Ochs.
We will experience loss throughout our lives. Our loved ones will leave us—whether by their choice or by circumstances that are out of their control. In this passage, the pain felt by both Jonathan and David is evident. They recognized the loss that they would both have to grieve. Though their friendship would last forever, they would not be able to enjoy each other’s presence any longer. In times like these, it is important to find comfort in God’s promises. We may be separated from our loved ones, but God is by our side through it. And we will be reunited with many loved ones in heaven.