Devotions By Jan

How Do You Say Goodbye?

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Scripture for Today: I Thessalonians 4:13 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

I love the way the French express their goodbyes. “Au revoir” has the idea of seeing one again right there in the word. It was a long goodbye for my Mother-in-law as she left us for Heaven. But how wonderful it was for her to have the chance to say her goodbyes to so many of her family and friends. There were tears, hand-holding and hugs. There was even a live violin concert right there in her bedroom!

Today’s verse tells us that for the believer in Christ there is a different way to grieve. We grieve with hope. The separation is painful and hard but it is temporary. Death has been swallowed up in victory! It is a passage where the perishable is clothed with imperishable and the mortal with immortality! (I Cor. 15:53-54) One day there will be an incredible reunion of laughing and singing and dancing! The sting of death will be forever removed. This sure hope makes a temporary separation bearable.

“When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart and hope to meet again.” And my hope is not just wishful thinking but a certainty!  My hope is built on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me. It is on that cross that He triumphed over death, insuring eternal life for those who place their trust in Him. It is this hope that changes my grief. It is this hope that helps me say goodbye.

Thank you Lord, that grief does not crush me.  Thank you Lord, that Your hope is my comfort.

16 thoughts on “How Do You Say Goodbye?

  1. How wonderful, when your parents belong to the Lord! How painful when it is not the case. 😞

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  2. How wonderful, when your parents belong to the Lord! How painful when it is not the case. 😞

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  3. That’s very true. Reuniting with loved ones in heaven is always something glorious. Praise God your mother-in-law was a believer.

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  4. Love this sooo much. Praying for you.

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  5. C’est beau d’avoir accompagné la maman jusqu’au départ Céleste. Que Dieu soit votre consolateur.

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  6. Jan, I say AMEN, and again I say AMEN!! Good byes are always hard when we part from those whom we love. I like the French way of saying it better too. I also like what Peter Marshall (late Senate Chaplain) said to his wife just before he died, “See you tomorrow.” As believers this is not just words…but Truth. Time doesn’t matter. Thank You, our Precious Lord, for Your Beautiful Promises.Jan, it was go good to embrace you yesterday “in the flesh”, instead of in just in prayer from far away. Yes, I was praying for Minnie, but even more you and Randy…and the Kent Clan. She clearly was loved by so many. You are loved by so many more. I know there is still much for you to do with her memorial in September, and all the details of the house, etc. If Ican help in any way, please, please ask!!! I love you. xo Your Mission Mama.

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  7. Jan you will never know what how much I needed this reminder today at this season of life. Dealing with this very thing right now trying to say “see you later” to a special woman who had a hand in raising me that is dying from a terminal cancer diagnosis she received 2 months ago. For now we are celebrating life this side of eternity and when she draws her last breath of life I am grateful that God has promised a blessed reunion one day.

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  8. Jan, how wonderful of you and Randy to be with Panda all those days leading up to her home-going. Well done Randy and Jan. You loved her well!

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  9. I lost my husband last Dec. This devotion is
    a wonderful reminder of my hope and joy knowing we will be together again. Oh happy day!

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