This struck me because Daniel realized the importance of Luke in our family. All is not right with the world when Luke is missing. In Daniel's world there is a hole. He is missing a playmate and friend.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all had this same attitude about those who worship with us? I think about those who are missing at Bible class, and on Sunday night and Wednesday night. Their seats are empty. We can still have a spiritual meal, but the meal is not as sweet as it could be.
I have often been asked this question - "How can heaven be perfect is any of our loved ones are missing?" The first response is that "the former things have passed away" (Rev. 21:4). There will be nothing sorrowful about heaven, so however it is accomplished, God has promised it and will do it.
But there is one simple fact that many have not considered. Every day that we live is an invitation to the Lord's table. This invitation is only for a while. In eternity, if heaven is not your home you will not be missing. You will be exactly where you are supposed to be.
"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
~ John 14:23