We view death of a loved one as a profound loss, and it is.  It is the loss of being able to express our love to that person and a loss of experiencing their love for us.  We experience something missing in our hearts, a piece is gone.  This is how God feels for us.  If we have experienced loss of a loved one, we have experienced the loss that God feels for us through our separation from him.  

However, we need to stop and take it a step further... 

Excerpt from A Journey Toward Perfection

Many believe that love is a warm feeling we experience when we care about someone deeply. However, Christ taught us that love is...

 
This excerpt from "A Journey Toward Perfection" describes the magnitude of the gift we received on Christmas day: 
 

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