Whatever the reason, there’s always a touch of sadness when someone moves on. Even if the change is positive, our kids going off to college or getting their own place, a close friend moving to take advantage of an oppotunity, or a relationship partner seeking love elsewhere. In this case it’s one of our pastors, the one I feel more of a link with.
Our sadness has a selfish tinge. We are happy for them, want the best in their lives, but don’t want to find ourselves without them. It’s hard to let go, we sometimes even fight against it, at least inwardly.
Someone once told me, we are like the planets, when our orbits co-inside we feel a pull an attraction. Sometimes, our appointed paths pull us apart. We feel a wrench, but we continue on our way, knowing other new worlds will cross our path, exciting new pulls of friendship etc.
There is a beautiful song my Chinese pupils sang for me when I left Taiwan, (sung through tears on all our parts). It said how, though one must go away, the times we had together cannot be lost or taken from us. They remain in our hearts forever.
So God speed, faithful shepherd of the flock, may God guide your steps and bring you blessings of fruitfulness. May you find in foreign lands the heart to match your own that evaded you here. God speed, good to have known you.