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Too Many Goodbyes

Have you ever felt that you are saying too many goodbyes? Lately I feel this way and I am, in this moment, finding it hard. I think in everybody’s life we face this and it is never easy. When it happens to a child it is crushing because it feels like life was too short. When it is someone losing a spouse your heart aches for the remaining partner. When it’s a friend you feel the loss in all the moments you would have shared with them. I know I am not even doing justice to the depth of these or any similar sorrows but my point is that it is always, always hard. Even as a Christian who is firmly convinced of our place in eternity and our love and acceptance by the Father we can still grieve the time of separation.

So how do we walk through these seasons where there seems to be too many goodbyes? I wish I knew a sure-fire, quick and easy answer but I don’t. The only thing I know is that God is always there for me when I lean on Him and pour my tears out. He is always there to comfort my heart when it aches and some how He always…always picks me up and sets my feet back on solid ground. He never rushes me to “feel better”. No, it is always with tender care and at the appropriate time. He is always a loving, gentle Father who is cherishing and caring for His child.  He is always the voice that whispers truth and hope to my broken heart.

Psalm 56:8 says, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book”.

Let me tell you God must have a library full of my tears, not because I cry all the time but because when I do He is the One I go to. Sure I talk with my family and friends but the true depths of my heart are His alone and that is how I deal with too many goodbyes.

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