Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Farewells

Farewells are hard. Even when people are moving on for good reasons to good things, saying farewell to good friends is still hard.

Sadly this last week, we had to say goodbye to a dear couple, Arthur & Minli, whom we have ministered alongside over the last 4 years. They established an internationals ministry at our church and did a fantastic job.

But we also shared each others' lives. They came and stayed with us the week Arthur proposed, we travelled to Singapore for their wedding and then helped them settle in to life in Adelaide. We have shared times of great joy and times of great grief and our lives are richer for the experience. Sadly, for the next little while, our lives will also be a little emptier. They are headed overseas for bible college.

However, the great joy of farewelling Christians is that we know that we will see them again. While we know it is very likely we will see them again on this earth, we definitely know that we will see them again in heaven. And that makes farewells not the final goodbye, but rather "we'll see you again, one day". Thank God for that.


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