Coffee For Your Heart- Goodbyes

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By SusieTeramura

I am

Finding myself

In a long season

Of goodbyes,

Of friends moving

Across country,

Leaving prints

On my heart,

Of cancer winning,

And days counted,

Of children leaving,

Making their way

Into the world,

Of heartbeats silent

And ultrasound screens

Shut off for good,

In this season of loss,

When relationships and people

Slip out of my hands

In ways they shouldn’t

When the irreplaceable

Is taken

And my heart

Is left aching

I run to you


The one who wraps

My hurts,

Tenderly winding them

In a love-covering of tears

And then

Holds me,

And holds me,

Until I can

Hold it no longer.

You take the pain,

And the end pieces

Left raw,

And promise healing,

And beauty,

And a peace that passes

Earthly understanding.

You are

The one I will

Never have to

Say goodbye to,

The one

Who will never leave,

Or get sick or broken

The one who

Will always be bigger,

And stronger.

And will always

Carry me

And my load.

Abba father,

My daddy who

Has my back,

And is always watching

And is always free

To comfort me.

And You made

A way that our

Goodbyes are

Not real ends,

Just pauses,

Just a going ahead,

Just a,“See you later,”

Not the final gavel dropped.

Because of you, Jesus,

Death is defeated

And we are set free.

So in this season

When it is difficult to see

And eyes are swollen, red,

When the goodbyes keep coming,

I will cling to you,

And walk in the way of truth.

You are the one

Who carries me through.

Psalm 116:5

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

2 Corintians 5:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Isaiah 66:13

I will comfort you there as a little one is comforted by its mother.,

Psalm 139:9-11(NIV)

 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

Deuteronomy 33:12

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”

I John 5:20

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

11 thoughts on “Coffee For Your Heart- Goodbyes

  1. Susie,
    Knowing that goodbyes and loss are never forever doesn’t seem to help us in the midst of our circumstances, but with perspective it does bring great joy as you so poetically wrote. Knowing that our heavenly father walks through these times with us offers the opportunity to see him from a new angle. I especially love the verse you included from Psalms that says if I settle on the far side of the sea — I’m taking that to heart as I fly to Italy in two weeks as I stare down my fears! Thank you for these words of comfort! xoxo

    1. Hi Valerie- so true! Thanks for your thoughts – I will be praying for your trip!–For a real and comforting sense of his lovely presence there with you –as your ever present help and faithful companion .You inspire me! There are a few fears I could stare down too- Thanks for sharing and for being courageous trusting him and stepping out in faith to follow where he leads you! xoxo

  2. I’m sorry you are in such a season of loss and good-byes. Never an easy thing. 😦 Beautiful words here. Yes, I’m grateful too for a God who is ALWAYS here with us, never leaving, never changing. We need his stability and security in our lives.

  3. Thanks so much Lisa -We so need His security!! I have a habit of trying to find it in other people and things. 😦 but am learning that only He can give me real security. Thanks so much for visiting me today! 🙂

  4. The day after the memorial service I could not attend, this came to my inbox. Why did I wait to open it? Your words, always inspired, lift my soul. I’ll be forwarding them to my brother who is in this season “When it is difficult to see And eyes are swollen, red,”

    1. Elaine- I am so sorry for your loss – 😦 And for the pain it brings- Praying your brother will be comforted by His tender care in this hard season too. sending hugs and love

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