Most of us, when we were children, were gently tucked into bed and left alone to sleep in the dark. This end-of-the-day ritual, is a “goodbye,” with the purpose of leaving us comfortable, cared for, loved.
I read of one mother who tucks her children in with these words: “Remember, you are special to God. Remember how much we love you. Sleep loose.”
“Sleep loose?” People usually say “sleep tight.” But this mother turns the common phrase because she wants the children to relax, rest, and feel secure in the love that surrounds them.
I know that “sleeping tight” means “to sleep soundly,” but it still sounds rather tense to me, probably because of the modern slang “uptight.” Being uptight means to be anxious, nervous, worried. That’s certainly no way to sleep. It’s certainly no way to be awake!
The best “goodbyes” leave us with a sense of well-being and peacefulness. The word “goodbye” is a word which is a derivative of the phrase “God be with ye.”
Taking adequate time and using good words for a proper “goodbye” is an art. The best “goodbyes” are blessings.
I recommend that, in preparing for a “goodbye,” you read Psalm 107, a reminder that God calms storms, God is present in troubled times, God’s love is steadfast, we can count on God’s love.
When Paul was saying goodbye to the church of Corinth, he wrote: “Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet each other with Christian love. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” Living life in the spirit of this goodbye would bring healing to anxiousness, nervousness, and worry. Give it a try!
Goodbye, for now — God be with ye!