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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: LEAVE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

On August 9th, 2011, four days after my 30th birthday, I left my mom in a residential room at a Hospice facility in Michigan to board a plane back to Cape Town, South Africa, where I lived at the time. It was the last time I would ever see her this side of heaven. About six weeks later, she breathed her last on this side of the curtain and took her first breath of eternal life with her Lord.

Exactly twelve years later, on August 9th, 2023, I drove my daughter three-and-a-half hours away to drop her off at college for the first time. While the circumstances were far different from the scene in 2011, as I watched her walk away, I remembered the heartache I felt when I left my mom on the same day twelve years before.

I keep trying to remind myself to be grateful that I have a relationship with my daughter that makes me cry tears of sadness when she leaves and not tears of gladness. And yet, the sting is still there.

As long as we live in this broken world, until we’re with the Lord in glory, someone will always have to leave.

The beauty is this: That even here, even as we walk away and wipe tears from our eyes, we are never really alone. He will never leave us or forsake us.






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