Saying Goodbye

Even as a child, I wasn't very good at saying goodbye.  When family from far away came to visit, the goodbyes were always tearful.  It was the same when we went to Grandma's house about 3 hours away.  I hated goodbyes and I still do.  To this day, it's not uncommon to send a loved down the road through blurry eyes.  It's just who I am.

That was some good guacamole!
On Friday, I said the hardest goodbye I have faced in my 40 years on earth.  I said goodbye to my mother-in-law.  I guess I should first explain that Friday was her memorial service.  I had actually told her goodbye for the last time more than a week before.

I know it was a temporary goodbye, because I will see her again in Heaven someday.  It was none the less extremely painful, far more than I expected.  I am used to saying goodbye to loved ones as I have done so many times before.  I just wasn't ready to let her go.

However, there are a few things that I know with 100% certainty:

1.  No matter how much I miss her, I wouldn't wish her back to this world with its pain and loneliness - both which she had experienced in increasing amounts in the last 14 months.
2.  I will see her again.
3.  She was an amazing, Godly woman and a shining example to me and countless others.
4.  She is resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
5.  I have fabulous family and friends who love me and pray for me.
6.  God is still good - ALL the time!

And so, though I am saying goodbye for now, I live in a place of peace and knowledge that we will meet again.  Jesus promised in John 14:2-3 that He is preparing a wonderful place for us.  My heart will still ache and I will still miss her, but I will continue on treasuring the times that we shared together.


Sorry for your loss, your in my thoughts and prayers
Miranda said…
So sorry for your loss. But you are so right you will meet again someday in Paradise! Keeping you and your family in my prayers my friend.
Rhonda Miller said…
So sorry for you loss. It is wonderful to have the knowledge that you will see her again. I will be praying for you and your family.
Valerie said…
Oh Cheri!
I am so very sorry for you loss! {{{HUGS}}}
I know it was even harder that it was just before Mother's Day!
You have been in my thought and Prayers and especially for your Mother-in-Law to not be in pain and to be in comfort. Now she has a new and perfect Glorified body! Hallelujah!
Lisa said…
I am so sorry for your loss my friend. I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Yes, you will definitely see her again at our Father's side. HUGS!!

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