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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2011, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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A Hard Goodbye

When our youngest son joined the Army, we knew that challenges lay ahead. We knew that he would face danger and be tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We also knew that in some ways our home would never fully be his home again. In the months leading up to his departure, my wife and I steeled ourselves for these challenges.

Then the day came when Mark had to report. We hugged and said our goodbyes, and then he walked into the recruiting station, leaving me with a moment for which I was decidedly unprepared. The pain of that hard goodbye felt unbearable. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I can’t remember when I have wept as hard as I did that day. The hard goodbye, and the sense of loss it delivered, cut me to the heart.

In such moments, I am thankful to have a heavenly Father who knows what it is to be separated from a beloved Son. I am thankful to have a God who is described as “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows” (Ps. 68:5). I believe that if He cares for the orphaned and the widows in their loneliness, He will also care for me and comfort me—even in those moments when I face the struggles that accompany hard goodbyes.

When our loved ones say goodbye
And we have to be apart,
God can fill our loneliness
With His presence in our heart. —Sper

Loneliness comes when we forget
about the One who is always with us.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 07:02 AM
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A huge thank you to you and your family for serving our great country.

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Tell your son thank you. I guess having been in the Corps for 6.5 years now ive lost touch with what it felt like the first time I left. Your son is doing a noble thing and when you see him after boot camp he will be a man. Congrats on raising him right

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 02:23 PM
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When I saw my son leave for boot camp I had the same sense of loss, but I also felt great pride that he had joined the noblest of professions.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 02:29 PM
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thanks to your son and as stated before he will come home a man and give you a lot more moments to be proud of him. not to sound like an ass but this goodbye will be easier than the on when hes leaving for the sandbox, but the hello when he comes home will be worth it all.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 08:10 PM
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David... my best wishes to you, your family and especially, your son. My second oldest is in college with the help of an NROTC scholarship. He wants to fly. The loss of our warriors this past weekend reminds me of what we may be facing in the years ahead. Bittersweet doesn't begin to describe my feelings.

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