The first book we read together was The Excellent Wife, followed by A Woman after God’s Own Heart and Beautiful in God’s Eyes. As we read, answered questions, and discussed how God was convicting and teaching us, He knit our hearts together and made us sisters. Not by blood, but most definitely, sisters of the heart.
As time went on, there were changes. God led one of us into friendships and ministry with other women. We continued growing in our walk with God and in our friendships with one another. We pursued different topics of study as God led, and He allowed us to confess, heal and change in the circle of trust that He had gifted us with.
A few years ago, another dear friend moved far away, to serve God with her husband. While we can understand that God calls us to obedience, it does not completely alleviate the pain of saying “goodbye”.
This time, it is me that is leaving. And it hurts. Tomorrow will be the last time that the (now) three of us will be getting together.
Eating Chinese food. Laughing (I hope). Crying. Praying.
Lord, I don’t even know how to thank you. You have given me so many friends. And not just my “sisterchicks”….my life is filled with amazing women!
I just want to write about them tonight as I anticipate our time together tomorrow. “Goodbye” hurts so much.
I know that Appleton isn’t that far away.
I know that we will have eternity.
I know that there is Facebook.
I know that there is skype and email.
But it still hurts.
Lord, please look into my heart and understand that although the tears flow, so does my gratitude.
You have blessed me, and my soul knows it well.