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No More Goodbyes

Updated: May 20, 2021

From Monday, April 5, 2021.

I got up extra early this morning so I could drive my sister to the airport before work. She just spent 10 days with me and it was wonderful. We laughed so hard. We talked about our lives. We shared meals together. I even came home Thursday to a wonderful meal ready for our dinner. (That has not happened in a VERY LONG time) She put up a beautiful retaining wall in my front yard. She had many hours over a 5 day period that she spent preparing the ground, trips to town for block, leveling the ground, stacking the block, even steps on each's just gorgeous.

We spent this weekend with our mom on the Oregon coast. It was such a lovely time. I had not seen my mom since early November due to Covid restrictions. It was over due!

And then this morning came the goodbyes. I was a bit emotional pulling away from the terminal's front doors. She had grabbed her bags, put on her mask, we hugged and said goodbye.

I will not lie, it made me sad. She had pointed out that we had not spent 10 days together since we were children but it went too fast for my taste. I truly enjoyed her company every minute.

I cannot wait until the time we do not have to say goodbye to loved ones. Whether it is goodbye due to death or goodbye due to other circumstances, it does not feel natural to say goodbye. We want those precious times of laughter and comfort to continue and not come to an end.

Revelation 21 BBE shows a vivid picture of a time when there will be no more goodbyes.

"1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea. 2 And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband. 3 And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God. 4 And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end. 5 And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book; for these words are certain and true."

These 5 verses paint a picture of "no more goodbyes" and I long for that day. Do you? I have said goodbye too many times in my life and it never gets easier. When my husband was on his death bed I told him "this is not goodbye, it's see you later." I believe I will see him again and that brings me great comfort.

2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."

May your day be blessed and may you be a blessing to someone today.

And remember, Jesus is coming soon!

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