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Good Friends Never Say Goodbye

Good Friends Never Say Goodbye

Good Friends Never Say GoodbyeWhen my friend, Rudolf, left last month to return home to Germany, he posted a picture on Facebook that read:

Good friends never say goodbye, they simply say “See you soon.”

He added this message to it:

Morgen geht es wieder zurück.
Mit einem weinenden und einem lachenden Auge.

Which, translated, means:

Tomorrow I am returning again, with tear-filled and laughing eyes.

As he left to get into his car, he reminded me that it wasn’t goodbye. He’d see me soon.

With the rapidly declining health of a dear friend, the passing of 5 friends early in the year, and my daughter’s impending departure for basic training later this summer, there seem to be too many “goodbyes” these days…

Yet Jesus told us, like my friend Rudolf, that between us there are no such things as “goodbye.” Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us. We have the promise of seeing him again someday. Yet, I wonder what comfort that was to the disciples when he first was crucified. He told them he’d be back. But fear overshadowed their faith. [Read more…]