There is a difficulty in building community: saying goodbye. This week, we say goodbye to several very good friends. All of them have had a tremendous impact on our family, from me and my wife to our two children.
Whenever we share our life with other people, it become extremely difficult to say goodbye.
With superficial relationships, it is much easier to say goodbye.
In our context (with a seminary close by) saying goodbye comes more often than we would like. That makes it tempting to stop building close relationships. Of course, then, we would miss so much that God is doing in our lives through so many different people.
So, when necessary – when God moves people away from here – we must say goodbye… for now. We stay in touch as much as possible. And, we miss one another. We know we will see one another again, and we hope that it’s soon.
But, that doesn’t make the pain go away… or make saying goodbye any easier.