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Saying Goodbye

The past six months or so has been a season of saying “goodbye”. Thankfully no one has died but I’ve said farewell as friends move on to new opportunities, new cities, new countries.

Now I know some of you are thinking, Oh come on! There’s Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and a whole host of social media the names of which I’ve never heard of …

But I’m an old-fashioned girl – nothing beats the face to face conversation, the hug, the scratching of a head, the once a month lunch date ….

These past six weeks have been especially hard as three close friends moved on to the next phase of their lives. I found myself identifying with Charlie Brown:

Saying Goodbye

And so I mourn a little. I feel sad a little. I find ways to get used to that big person-size space in my life. During this phase of my life I often take comfort from Revelation 21:4:

Revelation 21:4

Goodbyes Will Be A Thing of the Past

Won’t that be fun? All the friends we make in heaven will be our friends forever and ever. We will never have to say “goodbye” again.

There will be no need to WhatsApp or Instagram a friend to tell them the latest news.

There will be no need to figure out timelines, to decide if it’s too late or too early to call, because we will all be on the same time zone.

Are you going through a season of change? Perhaps, like me you’ve had loved ones who have moved away from your immediate sphere of reference.

Or maybe, your loss was more permanent. During this time of our lives we can take comfort from the promises of God. Below I have included just a few of my favorite scriptures that are helping me through this transition phase:

Though my father and mother forsake me then the Lord will pick me up. Psalm 27:10

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5a

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

What’s your anchor verse when you need comfort? Share it with us in the comments below.

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