When the resurrection comes, will we see our family and friends…and will we recognize them?

It doesn’t sound very heavenly if we aren’t with the people we love and miss, does it?  No single scripture tells us exactly what we can expect, so we have to do some imagining.  I think about people who travel to the country their family immigrated from, even if they’ve never lived there, they often describe a deep connection to the place and people there.  I imagine heaven being like that.  Revelation 21 describes a world with no more crying, and no more pain.  1 Thessalonians 4 describes a great cloud where we meet those who have died in the resurrection.  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul describes that our bodies will be transformed.  The Gospel of John describes a dwelling place with many rooms.  When we put all of these together, it seems like our connections are deeper than the bodies we currently inhabit and when we have completed our earthly journey,  we will feel connected and like we are home.