It’s Day 21 of the 31 Days in the Life of a TCK series! Welcome! You can find more info on the series here.
It seems like my last week in the US was the best (Here‘s the whole story).
Full of crazy adventures, late night talks over coffee, eating through every type of food. Simply enjoying the time we could have as friends.
Saying goodbye to little things and places.
As difficult as every beginning in a new country is – the leaving part is even harder.
Connected to the moving is the going and saying goodbye.
May it be that people on your base are leaving.
May it be that it’s time for you and your family to move on.
Going is part of a TCK’s life and no matter how often you do it, it doesn’t really get any easier.
So how then can we make the going at least bearable?
Jesus gave us a perfect example when he left this earth.
He reconciled things and didn’t leave anything unsettled.
He spent time with his disciples and affirmed the relationship they had.
He threw a farewell party the night before.
And he spent a lot of time telling his friends where he would go and what they could expect.
His example shows us how we can build a
R-reconciliation: don’t leave unsettled relationships, open questions, or grudges behind
A- affirmation: celebrate friendships, lives you shared together, and the many blessings
F- farewell: say goodbye to things and people that matter to you
T- thinking ahead: what are you looking forward to at the next destination?
It won’t change everything but it will help us transition into the next phase.