Saying goodbye is like a mini-death, a loss, a separation. It can’t really be done well, because, like death, it’s due to our sinful condition. Separation from those we love on earth brings grief and sadness. No amount of hugs and “I’ll miss you’s” is adequate to dispel the pain. We were not created for goodbyes. In Heaven we’ll know what we long and groan for here – the end of partings. The ceaseless unity and fellowship of souls specifically designed for such oneness. (John 17)
Just like in death, saying goodbye hurts. And it hurts because in some way you have blessed our lives.You have demonstrated something of Christ to us. Thank you.
If you had not, it would have been easy to say goodbye.
And then we remember the goodbyes Christ said for us, so that we might know Heaven’s long hello.
We don’t grieve like those without Christ. Our hope is grounded in nothing less than the promises of God. Now we get to go and share that hope. And your prayers blaze the trail; they avail much – though we don’t understand how or why, we know they do.
For He alone is worthy!