Saints of God,
Each one of us has experienced a time when we have to say goodbye to someone. It must have been a friend, a loved one, or a co-worker. Saying goodbye can be very difficult. Promising to keep in touch with others is not a substitute for physical presence. Having fond memories of our loved ones is beneficial for a time. These can not compensate for a person’s physical presence. Little wonder so many tears are shared when it comes to saying goodbye.
We can not avoid goodbye. Despite the tears, goodbye can be good for us. Every season has an end. Saying goodbye to a neighborhood, a church, or a job is difficult, but can be welcoming for new opportunities. Life is not static, it is fluid. God calls us on a sojourn that is brief.
Paul in Acts 20 bid farewell to the church at Ephesus. He prayed. They embraced him. They shared tears because Paul had told them that they would not see him again. In their tears, they exercise faith in God. We will all say a few goodbye along the way, some of them would be final. Just know that God has a better place for those we say goodbye to. God has a better place for us also.
It is my prayers that God will continue to strengthen our faith to embrace and understand situations that come our way.
God bless you. Please stay safe.