Isn't it thrilling that the Lord is available to shower us with His Presence through the Word, prayer, song and the fellowship of fellow travelers.
Many of those travelers have passed on through, and are now with Him. Though they are gone, hearing stories is encouraging and gives hope.
Soldier of the Cross, your heart needs to be stirred. Always. Read about the lives of those who have taken up the Cross and have followed Him. Read about those who have counted it all as loss and have offered their lives as living sacrifices.
Read about those who have determined to love Him with all they are and with all they have.
Learn to long for what He wants.