Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Goodbyes Aren't Forever

We were supposed to go sailing on the Charleston Harbor last week with our friends from our Community Group.  We've been meeting weekly with some combination of these friends since the Fall of 2007.  They are our family.  They've cried with us, rejoiced with us and laughed with us.  They've prayed for us through job uncertainty, pregnancy and life changes.  They've been Godly examples of wives, husbands, mothers, fathers and friends.  They are blessings in our lives.

Instead of sailing we got massive amount of rain.  So we did what any rained-out group of sailors would do.  We got take-out, ice cream and played Taboo.

It was the perfect night.

We laughed at funny jokes.  We teased each other at our failed attempts to describe the world.  We ate brownies and ice cream.  We made lasting memories.  And at the end of the night after everyone left, I cried.  I'm crying a lot these days and I can't really say I'm sorry about it because it is the only thing that makes me feel better.  I feel like I'm crying out all of the sadness about leaving, the scaredness of moving and the uncertainty of the future.  It just feels good in a horribly awful sort of way.

I am so thankful goodbye isn't forever.  I am so thankful for a loving savior who gives me hope for tomorrow.  For a Heavenly Father who promises we will be together with Him someday in paradise. 

I will most likely see my friends again on this earth.  But we don't know the plans the Lord has for us and so I can't count on it.  But I rejoice knowing that I leave these special friends in the hands of the one who gives us HOPE! 

Linking up with Shell


Anonymous said...

Oh, goodbyes are so hard! What a beautiful post, though. God makes so many things easier to bear. :)

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Peace Love & Poop said...

Looks like it was the perfect night!

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Shell said...

Moving is always so hard. I'm glad you got to enjoy some time with these wonderful friends.

rarejule said...

Goodbye's are only meant to linger long enough until we see you again!

New Wednesday follower!

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Heather said...

It is so hard to leave a place and people you love.
You sound like you have the right attitude though.
Best of luck to you.

Grandma Bonnie said...

New follower from Welcome Wednesday.
Hope you follow back.


New follower from Welcome Wednesday. this was eloquently stated and knowing all about goodbyes myself (air force wifey here) i almost got a little teary at it :)

can't wait to read more


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