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Courtney Lynn Harris is a follower of Jesus, wife to a lawyer, and mother to a beautiful little girl. She just moved back to the western United States after five years on the East Coast. She loves reading, simple days, and blue skies. She writes about her journey toward finding...

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  1. What a wise and beautiful post. It’s made me reflect on a different kind of goodbye: having Mum depart for heaven last year. But even in these kind of goodbyes we have the choice to pause and take the time to say goodbye, naming that which has been lost to both be thankful for the gift it has been and to recognize and grieve its present loss. Thank you so much. I’m realizing that I’ve never really fully named both the gifts and the loss.

  2. Thank you so much for this perspective shifting post. There have been many seasons of suffering over the last few years, leading to a having to say goodbye to people and old perspectives. Its hard to change and grow, taking hold of new ways of being, being thankful for the journey that has led to this gift of deeper relationship with Christ and new journey places. Praying your new journey with Him be so very blessed and the goodbyes full of gratefulness 🙂

  3. I loved this post for so many reasons. It caught me completely off guard this morning in a really important way. My parents are preparing to move out of my childhood home where they have lived for close to 40 years. I have been caught up in the details of helping to pack and assisting with organization etc, and not really allowing myself to prepare to say a HUGE good bye to a large keeper of my childhood memories and story. Sure it is a home, but I am so thankful for all of the goodness and life and memories we have made there as a family. Your post reminded me to stop among the boxes and gently allow myself to remember and be grateful for all of my life I was allowed to live under that wonderful roof. I’m so thankful for your writing and sharing this with all of us today- thank you!

  4. I love your writing. Your words are so beautiful and such a poignant reminder to be grateful for everything. I moved this past summer and it was really hard uprooting. If I had remembered to be grateful and live with gratitude, it would have been much easier.

  5. Beautifully written and so good! It also caused me to reflect on the deepest loss I have experienced in my life so far. Just a couple of days ago, my grandma left this earth. But in this time of extreme sadness, the thing that has given me an immense amount of peace is the fact that I cherished every moment when she was alive. She knew how much I love her, she knew who I am, and I knew who she was. I savored every memory and took every opportunity to thank her and to tell her I love her.

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this article, it was so timely!

  6. Courtney,
    Goodbyes are never easy! It is important to reflect on what you learned and how you’ve grown in that place and time! God has us on a journey and He brings people and places into our lives for a time! my next goodbye will be to my dad-the last remaining parent. It will be sad, but good in a way.
    Blessings 🙂