A Hard Goodbye


Read: Psalm 68:1-10

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” ~ Psalm 68-5

When our youngest son joined the Army, we knew that challenges lay ahead. We knew that he would face danger and be tested physically , emotionally, spiritually. We also knew that in some ways our home would never fully be his home again. In the months leading up to his departure, my wife and I steeled ourselves for these challenges.

Then the day came when Mark had to report. We hugged and said our goodbye’s and then he walked into the recruiting station, leaving me with a moment that which I was decidedly unprepared. The pain of that hard goodbye felt unbearable. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I can’t remember when I have wept as hard as I did that day. The hard goodbye, and the sense of loss it delivered, cut me to the heart.

In such moments, I am thankful to have a heavenly Father who knows what it is to be separated from a beloved Son. I am thankful to have a God who is described as “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Psalm 68:5). I believe that if He will also care for me and comfort me, even those moments when I face the struggles that accompany hard goodbyes.

When our loved ones say goodbye
And we have to be apart
God can fill our loneliness
With His presence in our heart. ~ Sper

Loneliness comes when we forget about the One who is always with us.

Source: ODB Vol. 19

2 thoughts on “A Hard Goodbye

  1. Wow, that must have been hard. I am thankful for those who answer the call and defend this country. I should also remember, and appreciate, the families who let them go.

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