93: Goodbye Tears

93: Goodbye Tears

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven

Goodbye Tears

Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.

~Author Unknown

I found myself standing partly hidden in the back of a church. The lights were low. My eyes were drawn to the middle row of pews. To my amazement my husband Roy stood in the second row. How could that be? It was not possible! Someone standing to the right behind me spoke. “It is alright. You must go sit by him. Go, it is alright,” he urged.

Slowly I made my way to the front and slipped in beside my husband. Just then the preacher said, “Let’s bow our heads in prayer.” I slipped my arm around my husband and he drew me close in a warm hug. In wonder I looked up into his face. Tears were streaming down his cheeks as he held me tightly.

Why was he crying? We are together.

The next instant I was lying on the couch in front of the fireplace. It was the middle of the night. My daughter was awake, curled up at the foot of the couch. “I just had the most marvelous dream,” I told her. After I had related the dream to her I asked, “What do you think it means? Why was your dad crying?”

“Oh, Mom, don’t you know?” she said. “He was saying a final goodbye.”

She was right. I still felt him close by. Sometimes I would think I saw him out of the corner of my eye. Every day while driving to work I could almost feel him sitting next to me. I just could not get my mind around the idea that he was gone forever. I was not ready to live this life without him. Was it possible that he also was having a hard time letting go?

My daughter and I hugged and cried together. Later as I drifted off to sleep, I could still feel Roy’s arms around me so tender and warm. My heart was filled with his love. My husband’s final goodbye lives on in my heart and memory.

I still struggle with my loss. But I know God cares and understands my pain. I’m so glad he chose to comfort me with a dream.

~Norma Favor

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