Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Forever Hello~

I still haven't made it to Paris, but I did make it to Colorado to spend some precious time with my sister and her family. The eleven days there flew by before I knew it and now, here I sit, miles away, with an aching in my heart to be with her still.

Goodbye.

What an odd word that is!

Is there anything "good" about saying "bye"? I guess it all depends on who or what you are leaving.

Good riddance!     Ok...maybe then.

But, when you love someone and have to say goodbye, good is just not in the picture.

And what about death....the final goodbye?

How do we wrap our hearts around that?  When our heart longs to be with the one who is no longer here, what do we do?  Where is the good in this heartbreaking bye?
 
When my father died, I felt the sting of death. I longed to see him, to talk to him, to just look into his eyes that smiled, even when his lips hid his delight. But...I couldn't. He was gone. There was no place I could go, here on earth, to be with him.

Thankfully, not everything is governed by the laws of this earth.  Praisefully, death may bring separation on this earth, but heaven brings 

a forever reunion;


Sailor receives a hug and kiss from wife during homecoming.
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And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.                 1 Corinthians 15:19-22


Here is where we find the "good" in saying "goodbye". 

As followers of Christ we have the blessed hope of Christ's return. (Titus 2:13) 

We have the blessed hope of the resurrection. 

We have the hope of seeing those who our heart yearns to see once again.

With Christ,

                                                           death is just . . .
Bones in Heaven
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                                               "until we meet again". 


God willing, I will have many more opportunities to enjoy my sister's company and play with my precious little nephew.

And........

God-providing the way, I will one day get to hug my daddy once again and say, "Hello". 

 This time....forever~


1 comment:

  1. Hi Stacy - lovely post. lots to ponder and mull over. I will never be able to say good-bye again without this coming to mind.
    God bless
    Tracy

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