Our June calendar historically is the time for dance recitals, high school graduations and other end-of-the-year celebrations. At such occasions as these, we often see people we possibly have not seen in a while and it is wonderful to re-connect, even for a few short hours. We reminisce about favorite times in the past, comment on how things have changed, and often promise to “get together…soon.” Eventually, though, we must part again, and let’s face it, good-byes aren’t always easy. It may sound simple and too sentimental, but I just don’t think there’s ever enough time.
I am thankful that we have happy occasions to celebrate, but sometimes I’m at a loss for words when saying good-bye to someone I won’t see for possibly a very long time. Do you ever feel this way? Some people have a way with words, but I tend to get tongue-tied in the moment, or am moved to tears at that moment of good-bye. Tears of both gratitude and sadness, tears of love and friendship.
In Scripture, we see some good-byes including those from Paul in Acts 20, in Ephesians 6, and in 2 Thessalonians 3. The following words from Numbers, though, are both a blessing and a good-bye: The Lord said to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them. (Numbers: 6 22-27)
So, when faced with good-byes, if words fail you, remember you are not alone and that good-byes are only poignant because the moments shared have been so wonderful together!