Goodbyes are hard, but they’re necessary.

Yet, another lesson from my daughter, Micah: Last week her school community was shaken by the sickness of a child. We didn’t know the details, but in the mornings on the way to school we would pray for him. But, sadly, he died on Wednesday. We don’t know what happened.
When I picked Micah up from school her brown eyes were bigger than usual and her posture let me know something was wrong. I asked her how her day was and she sighed and said, “It was ok.”
Like a routine, I said, “Ok? Why was it just ok?” She told me what happened, as she kept staring at the letter that her principals sent home to the families of the school children affected. Micah talked about the memories from the previous year and how some of her friends cried at the news. I asked her if she cried, too. She said, pretty simply, no. I was a little shocked. “Why? Weren’t you sad, too?” She said, “It makes me sad. But, it just happens. People have to die.” I had just told my sisters earlier that day in a completely different conversation that goodbyes are hard but, they’re necessary. And here my 10 year old was living it out for us to see!
At 10 she understands God’s promises in a deeper, far better way than I do in my 30s; that when the inevitable sadness strikes, we can be confident of these truths:
1. Not to worry, the Lord is near to the broken-hearted. ~Psalm 34:18
2. God really is a God of comfort. ~Matthew 5:4
3. Even though it hurts, God is in control and knows better than we ever could. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

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