• Joni

Never Good Bye


ONCE UPON A TIME

she was a little girl.

ONCE UPON A TIME

she was a bride.

ONCE UPON A TIME

she was a mother.

ONCE UPON A TIME

she was a grandmother.

ONCE UPON A TIME

she was

&

Today she is still remembered as all of those,

yet she is no longer here.

Yesterday we celebrated the life

of my friend's mother

who has left an imprint in so many hearts.

Another life lived.

Another life moved on

to a greater place,

yet no longer here.

Even though we know

GOOD-BYES

are part of life

they leave a gapping hole in our heart

that craves to be filled.

Whether the GOOD-BYE is said at a funeral.

Whether the GOOD-BYE is said to what was.

Whether the GOOD-BYE does not even have to be said~

yet there is a GOOD-BYE that you are living.

GOOD-BYE is hard to do.

Yet every

GOOD-BYE

awaits for a

HELLO

as it is promised~

"GOD'S loyal love couldn’t have run out, HIS merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). HE'S all I’ve got left" (Lamentations 3:22-24 The Message)

ONCE UPON A TIME

may have been yesterday

&

today will become tomorrow's

ONCE UPON A TIME

but

because

GOD

never says

GOOD~BYE~

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

HE will not let your foot slip—HE who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, HE who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm— HE will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore" (Psalm 121)

Because

HE carries us on HIS

SHOULDERS~


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