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“The ones we love can’t come back if we don’t let them go.”

A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want (Kindle Location 1674). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)

That is so true!  Our son this week is graduating from Law School.  It will be an exciting time for us.  But I remember the day we put him on a plane to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy and how hard it was to say goodbye. 

Maria says, “As each of the kids left for college, I learned a new appreciation for how good every stage of life can be from the time they landed to the day they launched. Every season has its trade-offs. With more freedom comes opportunities, life experiences, and growth for everyone. Every season hasn’t just become better, they’ve only been different. Pulling the chocks isn’t easy, but it’s what God intended. It’s about beautiful change in our lives and leaving and cleaving in marriage. He created people and families and gave us a relatively short period of time to be alive together. We love them, then we launch them, then we love them some more. Here’s the thing. The ones we love can’t come back if we don’t let them go.”

She goes on, “When Jesus said goodbye to His friends, they probably felt uncertain, lost, and uneasy. I bet they experienced many of the same emotions I did when I saw my kids leave... Sensing this, Jesus told them before He went to be with His Father that He’d be leaving, but not for long. Jesus said He’d leave behind His Spirit and He would be a comforter, a counselor, and a guide we could trust. It’s like He put His hands together, with thumbs out and said, ‘You stay; I’ll be back.’”

Your house may seem empty today and you maybe are feeling some loneliness this day after Mother’s Day but you are not alone.  No matter what you are facing today, God’s Spirit is close.

Would you just reach out to Him and feel His comfort and His presence?


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