Sunday, January 13, 2008

Goodbyes and Treasures

“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
(Mathew 6:21)

Last week and this coming week are two tough weeks for me, and for us as a family. There are a lot of "goodbyes" going on. I had been seeking and asking God how to find peace in all these transitions, and the answer came through Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". You see, this week and last week, we have some gems here and there that we have to let go trust that God will work things all together for good because we love Him and He knows what's he's doing.

Let me share some of the "gems" we're letting go. The "goodbyes" I am talking about:

* Goodbye to my parents. They are moving back to the Philippines on Wednesday. This might be for good. Unless my family wins in a lottery (which we actually don't buy lottery tickets), then we really can't afford another trip for them to come visit here...

* Goodbye to some of my co-workers. There was a massive lay-off that happened at work last Friday. One of our good friends is included. It was a hard breaking the news to him. It's a heart breaking news to all the employees that were laid off, sad news for their families as well.

* Goodbye to my friends at Schwablearning Parent to Parent Message Board. This site which has became my lifeline in my journey as a parent raising a dyslexic child is closing; and the message board is moving to a different site. This is a heart breaker to many of the parents who regularly come to that message board. We had to say goodbye to our friend Scott (on-line community manager) who has been very good to us, parents of kids with LD.

* Goodbye to my son's good friend. My son G came home yesterday with a sad news. As he was biking to his friend's house (a few street down from us) he noticed that their garage is all clean and empty. A sinking feeling s=came down upon him... "Mom, they're moving" he said. My son is sad. His friend is at the mainland right now... for vacation.. but now we are not sure if he's coming back...

* Goodbye to "winter break". It's back to school tomorrow, and I'm stressing out. (explaining why I,m stressing out on this is a whole new post...)

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". I need to remember this verse. "Gems" come and go, but the bulk of our treasure should be stored, not here on earth, but in a place eternal - where most and rust cannot destroy, and thief cannot steal....

It's hard saying goodbye to good people and good things. I need to remind myself that these are temporary. What matters most is stored in our hearts... and these treasures ... these gems ... I am placing in the hands of God.

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While Googling "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also", I read an interesting article which I thought you'd enjoy. Click here.



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For more thoughts on "treasure", visit the "Writers Island".

11 comments:

The Trier and Jen said...

safe travels to your parents

praying for those that were laid off

what a shame about that message board

hopeing your son can find a new friend soon also praying your kids have a good time back at school

Jen

angie said...

What a beautiful way to say goodbye......

Rambler said...

from a person who finds it really tough to say goodbye.. i have to admit sometimes I find them as amazing treasures..
excellent post..

Crafty Green Poet said...

its always sad to say goodbye but the memories are treasures

rebecca said...

this was touching and lovely...and so very well written.

Preethi said...

Well written and so touching... loved how you say where the treasure is there the heart will be... and yes treasures need to be eternal.. not material.. nice take...

The treasure

tumblewords said...

Touching and sad - all that loss in such a short span of time...Wisely said, though, that these are temporary and what lies inside is the greatest treasure of all!

LittleWing said...

amen..letting go saying goodbye...everyday we say goodbye to something dont you think...how precious and beautiful...thank you...

Queeny said...

Good-byes can be really tough, especially for a child. My oldest son (14) still misses his young friends in Florida. We left there almost five years ago.

Queeny said...

Good-byes can be really tough, especially for a child. My oldest son (14) still misses his young friends in Florida. We left there almost five years ago.

Jenn said...

Any one of those "goodbyes" would be tough. To have them all at one time must feel overwhelming. You found a comforting Bible verse though.