Posted by: susankayjones | July 15, 2010

SPLICE day 14 (the day i have been dreading, but now cherish)

today was tearful.

and heavy.

our topic? hellos and goodbyes. how to do them well.

my heart broke as my classmates wept over pending goodbyes. our time this “mourning” was precious—hearing the hearts of moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, singles and couples—all anticipating with great heaviness the goodbyes that await. the dangers are very real…the sacrifices are incredibly great…the tears are abuandantly heartfelt.

i, too, wept. thinking about my precious friends and family of whom i still have yet to leave. i saw faces…wept over leaving them. but somehow through the tears, my heart overflowed with gratitude to God for allowing me to be so invested in others’ lives, and them in mine. what a joy to love and be loved. i felt the depth of grief because of depth in relationship. What. A. Blessing.

after many had shared about upcoming goodbyes, we did something that i think i will NEVER forget. each member of the class shared again where they were going, what they were going to do and prayer requests. then, the entire class gathered around to lay hands on and pray for them. we repeated this over and over and over until every person in the class had shared and been prayed over. i’m still in awe over that experience to be honest.

this afternoon was poignant and reflective. we met with everyone, including children who are typically not with us during class. our task? take a stone and write what they are “taking away” from SPLICE. our splice ebeneezer, if you will. we each shared our stone’s significance and closed in prayer. what a wonderful way to end today.

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