GOODBYE – Five Minute Fridays


Arizona Desert
Canadian Lakes

This is an opportune time for the word “goodbye” as we leave for Canada next Wednesday. When I say goodbye it is always in hopes that, God willing, I will see everyone in Arizona next year. Then of course, in the fall, it is the reverse – saying goodbye to my home town friends.

Thanks to the Internet the goodbyes are never permanent. We keep in touch throughout the year.

One group that I have the most trouble saying goodbye to is my Polish friends from my mission trip. They have made a special mark on my life. Three times I have visited Poland for 2 weeks on a mission trip, to teach English at an Evangelical Family Camp. These people have claimed my heart and my soul. Once again this summer I will be returning. I am so excited. When I say goodbye after the 2 weeks, I cry – from happiness at what they are learning, for their passion for Christ and for their hard work at bringing others to know Him.

Family English Camp in Poland

And the other goodbye is saying goodbye to loved ones – as I said goodbye to my Mom this winter. That goodbye isn’t permanent either because I know we will meet again in Heaven. In my heart I am sure that Jesus is looking after my parents – and they are waiting in anticipation of seeing me, too.

Doris Read - 1917-2012

Goodbyes – heart-felt feelings of caring for each other.

Time’s up.

My five minutes are up. What do you think of when you hear the word – GOODBYE?

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.



  1. Thanks for sharing. I, too, love having the internet to keep in touch with those far away. I love the beautiful picture of your mom. I’m sorry for your loss. Mine’s been gone for 9 years. So thankful, with you, that this is not a permanent good-bye.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I love your post today as well – comparing the goodbyes and the hellos. We praise the Lord for our faith in believing we will see our loved ones again.

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