There’s no need for us to say goodbye;
There’s no reason for sorrow or tears.
There’s no need for words of farewell,
For we will be together soon.
About This Song:
Some years ago I belonged to a church that hired a summer youth worker.
To lessen the load on any of the members, he stayed a few days in each of a number of homes, including mine. Poor fellow. I don’t even remember his name now.
In fact, the only two things I remember about him are the mustard that mysteriously appeared on top of the toaster one day–and the times we started using the stereo, only to find he’d left it cranked up at full volume.
Nonetheless, his presence in my home and in the church had been a blessing, and I wrote “The Goodbye Song” as a farewell tribute to him. (Incidentally, I grew up believing that “goodbye” is not an actual word. I still believe that, but am using it because I believe most people do now.)
One of these days, I want to use this song in my church’s nursing home ministry. We’re not shy about talking about death. After all, for Christians it’s the doorway to something SO much better than what we experience here on earth.
No matter how long a lifetime–or how short–any of us has, no one lives very long in comparison with eternity.
And one of the things we have to look forward to is the reunion with friends and family who’ve gone on before.
If you’re interested, a free lead sheet for this little song is available here.
Links you might be interested in:
- Roger’s other blog, On Aging Gracelessly
- Roger’s website, RogerBruner.com
- Roger’s free Christian lead sheets
- Roger’s books on Amazon
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