Our leaving day is almost here. This morning our Bible study group held our version of the last supper – we went for breakfast, our final meal together. We said our goodbyes and reminisced.

A mutual love for God brought us together. From an assortment of denominations, reading various versions of the Bible, we gathered as a unit of called ones. We treasured His Word, carried one another’s burdens to God in prayer, laughed a lot and always, at the end of our gatherings, we recited the Lord’s Prayer.   

Often, we sensed Jesus was with us, in fulfillment of His promise, “For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in My name, there I AM in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20)

We are family, brothers and sisters in the Lord. Because of this, our goodbyes aren’t final. Our hearts are forever joined in Christ. If we never assemble for another study or meal here on earth, we will meet again in heaven, the word goodbye erased from our redeemed vocabulary.

The others will continue to meet without my husband and me. We’ll join another home Bible study in our new location and in time, our hearts will bond with theirs.

We stood outside the restaurant for a final photograph. Someone suggested a group hug. Then we stood in a circle on Queen Street, the main street, in Sault Ste. Marie and said the Lord’s Prayer.

Leaving is never easy but for believers in Christ it’s never final.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Leaving

  1. Mary Lucchetti says:

    How very precious, Rose. I know our goodbye is not final, but nonetheless it will be extremely difficult. But I know we will continue to get together – somehow, somewhere. The Ya-Ya’s will never die! 🙂

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