If you read my post about family, this is very much along those lines. When you are in youth ministry, there is a wonderful period of time when all the people you were working with across the years are growing up, graduating university, getting married and having kids. I saw a wonderful exchange between two of my former youth, now both good friends. 1 has multiple kids the other is expecting number 1. There discussing the best way for person 1 to send a bunch of needed baby stuff to person 2. It was wonderful to see such relationships have far outlasted the ministry. Another guy being congratulated by a dozen folks from our days together as he graduates from the London school of theology. There are even a bunch that have taken it upon themselves to support us in our continuing ministry. So whats the cost I hear you say? Well as of now I have missed a few weddings and multiple new children and know of 3 weddings and no doubt more in the next few weeks and months to come. It is hugely disappointing not to be able to celebrate with these folks as they start a new phase of life. Skype, email, and Facebook really are no substitute at all. True to say that it is all in God’s hands, and he understands our feelings about being unable to go. There is no higher price paid than Jesus dying on the cross for us.