Maybe he has to make us feel his absence in order for us to really appreciate his presence. (Viki Rife, women’s leader)

Rife is writing about God, but that truth can also allude to human relationships. We often don’t realize how much we appreciate a friend until after a prolonged absence. It isn’t that we had forgotten them, but we just weren’t as conscious of their absence until they returned. Let’s keep our friends (and God!) constantly in our presence of mind.

You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence (Acts 2:28).