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On Saying Goodbye

 

            I really don’t like saying goodbye, ever. That’s not only because I am not naturally a hugger (although I won’t turn one down when offered), but also because it’s hard for me to know what to say. That’s not to say I lack things to say. I just don’t know how to say it.

            So, how do I say goodbye to you all; to those I love; to those I, in so many ways, long to be with; to those who have invested in me, encouraged me, opened up their lives to me, and shared in the ministry with me? How do I say goodbye?

            Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of Paul, in Philippians 1, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  

            Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of Paul that he wrote at the end of nearly every letter he wrote to the churches in the New Testament, “Grace be with you.”

            Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of the hymn writer, saying, “God be with you till we meet again. By His counsels guide, uphold you. With His sheep securely fold you, God be with you till we meet again.”

            Perhaps I can say goodbye by just saying goodbye; telling you I love you, that I am going to miss you, that I pray God’s blessing upon you, and that I look forward to the day when I will again see you.

 

 
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