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Saying Goodbye Is Sweet, But Bitter
By Brian Price 08/12/2014

"And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship." - Acts 20:36-38

We read here in Acts chapter 20 about the final goodbye that Paul and his friends said to each other. The Bible says that his friends wept sore because of his words which he spoke, that they should see his face no more.

In the year 1552, three friends were apprehended for their faith in Jesus Christ in Leyden, a city of the Netherlands.

One of the friends, whose name was Hendrick Dirks, said the following statement:

"Blessed are they that weep now; for they shall laugh, and be rewarded with shining robes; yea, with an eternal crown, if they strive steadfastly. This is the sabbath of the Lord, which I have long desired, not that I am worthy to suffer for his name, but he has made me worthy; and thus we suffer not for theft or murder, but for the pure word of God." - Martyrs Mirror, page 526.
The three friends were thrown into prison, and after some interrogation, they were roasted in the fire.

Sometimes, saying goodbye is sweet, but also bitter. It is sweet because those we love are sometimes in a better place. But it is also bitter because we miss them so much.

Jesus said to his disciples who were going to lose their lord, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." - John 16:20-22

History records the apostle Peter as a man who wept frequently after Jesus ascended to heaven. When questioned as to why he wept so much, he responded, "Desiderio Domini," which means, "Because I very much long for my Lord." - Martyrs Mirror, page 81

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