Four years ago today, my Beloved flew home to heaven. It was unexpected. I still can't believe he's gone sometimes. Today my Alan is with the Lord and I am grateful he is there--I smile through my tears. He is in a better place and some day I will see him again.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
My husband could read Greek fluently. He was a teacher and often taught that in the original language the words "caught up together with them" has the idea of being caught up next to those we know and love... I treasure that hope with all my heart.