Saying goodbye to someone close to you can be hard. Whether you are saying goodbye to a loved one, a family, member, or a friend it tugs on many different emotions. Goodbyes can also come in many forms. Sometimes it is a goodbye for a short while, sometimes, it is goodbye for a much longer time, and other times it is goodbye forever. Or is it?
Our lives here on earth are very short in relation to eternity. We live our lives for about a maximum of 100 years. Sometimes our years are a little less than that and others’ years are much less than that. We live our lives to the fullest and when it is time to say goodbye we know that we have the assurance that our life here on earth is not the end of everything. God has given us the promise that through faith, heaven awaits us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for your. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1)
While it is difficult sometimes to say goodbye to people here on earth we can remember that if they too share our faith and trust in God, it will not be forever. Our goodbyes are only until we meet again in heaven. Friends and family in Christ are always together no matter the distance.
There are many different ways to keep in touch with our family and friends who live many miles away. Technology today has made those connections easy and efficient. However, friends and family in Christ are always together no matter the distance. We are connected in Christ through His word. Even in the days of the apostle Paul, he found ways to keep his churches united through God’s Word. He was so thankful for the connections he had with the different early churches. Paul writes in Philippians 1:3-6 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completions until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Remembering that connection in Christ will help make goodbyes easier. It can also make the time that you are away from each other easier. Christ is always our connection to each other!
Dear God, Thank your for the reassuring promises of heaven. They give us something wonderful to hold on to and look forward to. We will be united one day with all the other believers in Christ. Help us hold on until that day! Amen.
-Mom on the Move