Saying Goodbye

I cried last month after visiting a friend as he lay in a hospital bed surviving with dialysis and respirator technologies. I somehow knew that I was saying a last goodbye to a friend. My friend has chosen to remove the respirator this morning and will pass onto the next life in the company of his family. I dedicate these quotes to this wonderful and godly man:
We only part to meet again. -John Gay

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. -George Eliot

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. -Nicholas Sparks

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. -Washington Irving

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. -Jean Paul Richter

Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been. A sound which makes us linger;
Yet - farewell! -Lord Byron
Yet, to my friend I do not say farewell or goodbye but simply until we meet again.


  1. My prayers are with your friend and with you, Bob.

  2. The problem with knowing good and Godly people is we eventually part ways. The good news is that it is only for a time. I often wonder how those with no hope deal with such moments. My heart goes out to you at this time.

  3. Saying goodbye is always hard, but the hope we have saying goodbye to Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, gives us that sense that it's only a parting for a time.

    My prayers, Bob...for the hurt you are feeling.

  4. May God's grace continue to comfort you as it has in the past.

  5. Sometimes it seems the older you get the more friends you have in heaven. It is good we do not mourn as those who have no hope. God bless you in this time of grief.


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