The way to say goodbye

“Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God, whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.”  Acts 20:32 (Message).

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Leviticus 20-22, and Acts 20.

Paul wasn’t happy to leave and he was quite sure that he wouldn’t be returning.

Paul leaves his friends in God’s wonderful hands.

How do we know if we’ll see someone again?  Young or old.  Rich or poor.  Things happen and life ends or relationships end.  How does Paul deal with the upcoming separation?

Paul commits these folks to God.  He doesn’t entrust them to other people.  Paul trusts in God and they should too.

God is omnipresent.  He is where we aren’t.  If there is a need away from us, God is already there.  When we pray, we must remember this truth.

How comforting it is to know that God is in the “else where’s” of our lives.

“Lord, forgive me for thinking that You have limitations of location.  You are everywhere.  I must pray with that in mind.  I thank You for being where my concerns are.  You are a remarkable God.”

We should consider saying goodbye the “Paul” way.

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