How To Say Goodbye - 02/23/2014

Sermon Text: Acts 20:17-25, 32-38

      On the Saturday before Christmas, Gid Giddens’ wife, Linda, finally gave up the battle against ovarian cancer she had been waging for 2 1⁄2 years. Gid has become a friend over the years that I’ve been here. He used to be a part of the Hardage-Giddens funeral business, but went out on his own 8 or 9 years ago and has done quite a number of funerals for members of our congregation. Gid and his wife are the same age as Karen and I. In fact they graduated in 1970 from high school, got married the year after graduation, just like us and had been married for 42 years.
      While we were away last week in Naples, I happened to give Gid a call, just to see how my friend was doing. His first reaction to me was, “Wow, how did you know to call me? I’m having a really tough day and I needed to talk to somebody.” Well, we talked for over an hour and during our conversation, Gid said, “You know Terry, I’ve been in the funeral business for most of my life. You’d think I could handle this a little better than I am. I was able to say ‘goodbye to Linda, and tell her that I loved her … but the problem is, I just don’t feel whole anymore. Part of me is missing.” I told him he’s NOT whole. I said, “Gid, in the Bible, Jesus says this in the Book of Mark, “… the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:8) And then I said to him, “Gid, half of you is gone … that’s WHY you feel the way you do. It’s going to take a long time. Maybe you’ll never feel whole again. BUT…”
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