Saying Goodbye

I originally wrote this in May right before graduation. Thankfully I’ve been able to come back to college a couple times to see friends, but even with that there are friends I will likely never see again.

May 2017:

Saying goodbye has been really hard. I knew it would be, but I didn’t know quite how much it would hurt. The past few days, I keep saying goodbye to friends, and every time I never know if it is going to be the last. I’m still not sure which is worse, seeing them for the last time, or thinking I am, then seeing them again a day later, only to repeat the process again

I’ve made so many wonderful friends over my past four years at college, and it is going to be so hard to leave. They have shaped me and molded me into the man I have become, and I am so thankful for that. God has done some great things in my life through them, even though the times we’ve messed up and hurt each other.

When I graduated from high school, my choral group sang this Irish blessing as a send off, and it still one of my favorites. For all the friends I leave behind, but especially the friends who graduate with me, I leave you with this blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.