We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
When a traveler took his assigned seat on an airplane, he realized he was seated next to a well-known celebrity. “I never expected to find you here,” the traveler said. “Well,” the celebrity replied, “everybody has to be somewhere!”
Christians can only be in two places. Either we are present in our body on earth or present with the Lord in heaven. The apostle Paul even wrestled with the fact that being with Christ would be better, but that God had called him to be on earth (Philippians 1:23). While it is an exciting prospect to consider being with Christ when we leave this earth, there is more! We will also be reunited with those loved ones who died in Christ and preceded us to heaven. “And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
If you have lost friends or loved ones who died as believers in Christ, your days of separation will come to a close. In God’s good time, you will be translated from earth to heaven where you will be with them and the Lord forever.
He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave. Matthew Henry