Janet and I have spent our last weeks saying our “farewells” to you all. It has been painful for us and many of you have expressed that you feel sorrow as well. What I have discovered is that there is something good in saying “goodbye”.
The goodness of a “goodbye” is found in the very pain we feel when we say it. I believe there are three hidden gifts to be discovered in this pain:
Janet and I have experienced all of these things in the last weeks, and it has been transformative. As your love has been poured into us, we have grown in our awareness of God’s love for us. As a result, we find ourselves wanting to love others more.
Something I’ve appreciated as we have said our “goodbyes” is that a “goodbye” is never final among believers. We know that we will see one another again one day, because we will share a forever home together with Jesus.
The English word “goodbye” is actually a contraction of the words “God be with you.” It shows what believers are actually doing when they say “goodbye”: they are entrusting one another to God. That is what we are doing as we say “goodbye” to you, Bethel.
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