Sunday, November 02, 2014

"Christians never say goodbye!"

"Parting is such sweet sorrow . . ."
Christianity Today

. . . or so said the Christian thinker and writer C. S. Lewis, in his final parting from his friend Sheldon Vanauken.

Other Christians, however, take a different position:
Avoiding goodbye when we have to move and face the prospect, in some cases, of never seeing each other again in this life denies the importance of our bodily life together. Brushing over "farewell" denies that the pain of separation is real - that no matter how many texts or phone calls or Facebook updates we share, we won't be available for each other in the same way anymore.

One Christian who understood this better than most was pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Separated from his friends and family when he was arrested during World War II, Bonhoeffer wrote, "[T]here is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so; one must simply persevere and endure it." (Wesley Hill, "Saying Goodbye for Good," Christianity Today, October 31, 2014)
This is true. Some dear friends we will never see again. As Mattie put it in True Grit, "Time just gets away from us."

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4 Comments:

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

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At 3:55 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Boy-cott?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Tom Ball said...

Christians never say goodbye? From an etymological perspective, I can't imagine why that could possibly be true.

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Excellent point, Tom!

Jeffery Hodges

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