When We Have To Say “Good-bye”

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I never thought losing a chicken could be so hard. But she was more than a feathered creature who laid eggs for us. If you have ever lost a pet you know how much they invade our hearts.

Her name was Ginger, and what a spunky, funny, entertaining creature she was. She talked a lot in her chicken voice and always wanted to be held if I was sitting in the barn.

Finding a new and hidden place to lay her eggs was her daily adventure. Sometimes it was behind a hayrack. Once it was on the tractor seat. How silly it was since she had really nice nest boxes to choose from. But isn’t that a lot like us?

We as humans often go off looking for something different than what God has provided for us, losing the blessing, and sometimes the safety that comes with following God’s directions.

All of creation was crafted by our loving God for His glory and our enjoyment.

But there comes a day when we have to say “Good-bye”.

Living in a broken world is hard. Nothing temporal lasts forever. Even our own bodies will someday give up and return to the dust. This however is not something to fear or dread.

The apostle Paul wrote these words to help us in our times of grief, whether it is for a loved one, or our own deteriorating health.

 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep (died), that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV (explanation added)

In the meantime, while we grieve God promises to heal our broken hearts.

Saying “Good-bye” doesn’t have to be the end. For all the many losses we experience in life, we can learn spiritual truths that are eternal.

You might also like to read “25 Comforting Bible Verses For A Broken Heart.”

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