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The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, it is hello, goodbye…until we meet again.

—Jimi Hendrix 

One of the advantages of advancing years are all the memories that are stowed away in the heart. Like treasures that have been carefully tucked away up in the attic, we brush the cobwebs aside, lift the trunk lid and memories come spilling out.

We recently returned from a trip out East. Since many of my favorite memories from childhood have their roots firmly planted in my hometown in Pennsylvania, the few days we spent there were a pure gift.

Staying with my uncle and aunt, I dragged them down to the banks of the Allegheny River where my grandparents had lived. Past the home where my little family had lived. Up to Jakes Rocks to hike. Downtown to eat Greek at The Plaza. And we even made a pitstop at Bon Ton to stock up on Pittsburgh Steeler gear.

Each memory tied to my past. Yet, they were brand new memories-in-the-making, as well.

As we pulled away to head back home, tears streamed down my cheeks. Standing in their driveways, my uncle, aunt and their neighbour, who just happens to be my second mom, Mary Blick, whom I had just spent a lovely morning with, waved goodbye… I was undone.

Soon after, it was time to say goodbye to our son in Cleveland. Wasn’t it only moments early that we had hugged hello?

We made a stop to see friends in Michigan. There were warm embraces with every family member upon arrival. Our time together—a blessing—as if no time had passed between visits. Then before we knew it, we were hugging once again. Goodbye.

Hello, goodbye.

Isn’t that life in a nutshell? A series of hello’s and goodbyes?

Yet, I’m thankful for each one…for with every goodbye, there was first a hello. A new friendship made. A relationship deepened. A sisterhood formed. And you know who you are, my many sisters past and present, near and far!

I’m thankful for each hello and goodbye for with it comes a precious memory made—that will forever be stowed away in my heart.

Nevertheless, parting is painful. Especially, when we say goodbye to loved ones here on earth for the final time. As my hubby and I did recently with our dear brother-in-law, Diodoro.

But thankfully, when we know the Savior, it isn’t just a series of hello’s and goodbyes. For with every goodbye, we know that it is just a matter of time “until we meet again.”

One of my favorite old hymns is “God Be with You till We Meet Again,” and it sings through my head each time I say goodbye. Let me share a few paragraphs with you…

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsel’s guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
When life's perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Ended when for you earth's story,
Israel's chariot sweep to glory;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.

—Donna Gable Hatch  

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

—Revelation 21:4

With every goodbye, there was first a hello. Who are you thankful for? Be sure to let them know. Life is quicker than a blink of an eye.

 

 

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Guest - Tina on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:01

This is beautiful! You transported me right back to good ol' Warren, PA!
Good-byes are bittersweet, but I know everyone cherishes the time spent with you and Rey!
Love you!

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This is beautiful! You transported me right back to good ol' Warren, PA! Good-byes are bittersweet, but I know everyone cherishes the time spent with you and Rey! Love you!
Guest - Julie Miller on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:44

Love you too, cuz'!!

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Love you too, cuz'!!
Sally Page on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:57

Awww, Jule, precious words, and such precious memories. This got me teary-eyed. I'm so glad you were able to make the trip back East! I just hate that I missed you by a day or two, if I remember correctly. I want to bring Dan to Minnesota hopefully next summer.....we'll definitely make plans to see you and Ray....for a hello and goodbye! Love you! Hugs!!

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Awww, Jule, precious words, and such precious memories. This got me teary-eyed. I'm so glad you were able to make the trip back East! I just hate that I missed you by a day or two, if I remember correctly. I want to bring Dan to Minnesota hopefully next summer.....we'll definitely make plans to see you and Ray....for a hello and goodbye! Love you! Hugs!!
Guest - Barbara Bauman on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:35

Such sweet words!

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Such sweet words!
Guest - Julie Miller on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:45

We would love to have you come to Minnesota, Sal'! That would so fun! Love you to the moon and back!

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We would love to have you come to Minnesota, Sal'! That would so fun! Love you to the moon and back!
Betty Miller on Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:45

Beautiful reflexion my dear sister-in-law. It surely brought tears to my eyes but we are assured that we will meet again one day to meet each other on the streets of gold!!! Thank you for your loving memories of my dear husband!!!
Love you to the moon and back as you mentioned above!!!

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Beautiful reflexion my dear sister-in-law. It surely brought tears to my eyes but we are assured that we will meet again one day to meet each other on the streets of gold!!! Thank you for your loving memories of my dear husband!!! Love you to the moon and back as you mentioned above!!!
Guest - Julie Miller on Friday, 23 June 2017 14:47

Love you too Betty! ❤️

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Love you too Betty! ❤️

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