Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do. Even if it is just temporary and you know that someday you will see that person again, it is difficult to not be sad when someone you care about is gone.
Today we honored the life of a friend who passed away way too soon. There were a lot of tears, but there was an equal amount of laughter. Listening to someone talk about the great times they had with a friend and the memories they made together is very cathartic. Hearing a pastor speak about someone who was living in pain for so long and shares how they gave their heart to God brings a peace that is indescribable. Seeing old friends for the first time in years can make for some great reminiscing sessions that you never want to end. Talking to the parents of another friend who was also taken away too young, can leave you feeling melancholy. Knowing that those two best friends are now reunited in Glory… there are simply no words.
I pray that when my day comes, people will honor me as Josh was honored today. I hope I have touched throughout my life just a fraction of the lives he touched with his wonderful heart and smile.
Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach