But as for us, brothers, after we were forced to leave you for a short time (in person, not in heart), we greatly desired and made every effort to return and see you face to face.
References for 1 Thessalonians 2:17
So we wanted to come to you-even I, Paul, time and again-but Satan hindered us.
For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
For you are our glory and joy!