- Recount a time when it was hard to say goodbye to someone.
- What helped you get through that time?
- When are other times that you find it difficult to say goodbye?
Reading: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-14
Saying goodbye is often very difficult. But, it is inevitable. I wrote the following poem after my second year on summer staff at camp. It was difficult to say goodbye to my friends, so I wrote this piece to help me see that we all must say goodbye eventually to those we love. This poem is dedicated to the 1991 Camp Mount Luther Staff. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
We have come, and now it's time to leave,
Our time together was all but guaranteed.
And we have endured, through thick and thin,
We've done many things that we have lost,
We've done things that we did win.
It's time to say goodbye now, with teardrops in our eyes,
When we first came here, all we could do was surmise.
And there's a rainbow in the garden, where it leads nobody knows,
We can try to find it, and watch it as it grows.
The rive runs right by us, there's a stone along the shore,
It's a part of God's creation, but we really don't know what it is for.
And end is a beginning, death brings on a new life,
A part of those that we meet, carries us through our strife.
From many different places, we've all joined as one,
And spent out waking hours in the rain and in the sun.
The last of our great journey is ending very fast,
But we know that all good things, cannot forever last.
So don't forget each other, they'll always we there for you,
A part of each one of them, is with you in whatever you do.
The time has come, the mood is right, we all must go our separate ways,
And we try to forget it, but somehow it just never goes away,
Because eventually, we all have to say goodbye.
May the Lord bless and keep you, may God's face look down with grace,
May God always go with you, keeping a smile upon your face.
Have faith as you go-- never look back.
Keep the memories close to your heart.
Everything that you have learned,
Has made you really smart.
And now it is time to say goodbye.
Closing: Pray for those you have said goodbye to recently and all those who are saying goodbye today.