There's a definite rhythm to missionary life - goodbye... hello... goodbye... hello...
But then again, in this day and age, this world that we live in, isn't that pretty much the rhythm of all life - from first hellos to final goodbyes?
That doesn't make it any easier, for anyone, in any place, at any time, in any position or "calling."
I strive to do well those hellos - not always easy for more introverted types like myself. But practicing hospitality, investing in people personally, being neighborly and taking the first step - they are choices and skills that I can work at, areas where I can improve.
It has only been after having kids, after having limped through this rhythmic cycle a few times, that I've finally conceded - goodbyes are just as important and require just as much (if not more) effort and investment.
Paul thought so... at least I assume he did as Acts records several (7, I think) specific farewells.
Friends of our recently helped two precious first grade best friends bid farewell well...
Don't you think?
And yes, tears roll when I watch this video. My little one is still sad - she talks about and misses her friend. But she smiles... and remembers... each time this plays...
She asks to watch it, a lot!
(PS Just in case you are wondering? Yes, Elsie Mae is wearing her pjs in this video. And no, that isn't an unusual thing. She'd often change to pjs to play... much more comfy!)
Yes... it is much later on a Friday night for me to be posting this week ~ but I've been able to spend precious hours with Pop-pop (my grandfather).
There's still time for you to join in, too - quite a bit of time, actually. I'd love to see you there!
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...