Saying Goodbye is Always Difficult
Wholesome Life  2008-06-01

Once again that time of the year has come, when we have to part ways with the current group elderly people who have been beneficiaries of the Wholesome Life Ministry for 6 months, so we could serve a new group of 30 people, sent to us by the local social services. It is unbelievable how fast the time goes by. But as I said to our elderly friends at our farewell party: "Every good beginning has its good end, and every end leads to a new and better beginning." There is a lot truth in this philosophical statement. It gives us hope for the future – the future, which is so unpredictable and its planning is not always up to us. But still even if we don't know what the next day will bring us, we have the hope in our God in heaven and in His love and mercy towards us. I know that we cannot meet all the needs of the elderly people – we provide them with food, care and attention, and our faith in Christ, which gives meaning to life and hope for the life ahead and for the eternal life in heaven with the Father!!! 
Even though I have started ministering among these precious people just recently on a daily basis, they found their place in my heart and I got to know each one of them: Kera, who always pretends to know the answers to everything; Nedka, who always has a smile on her face even though she has the everyday burden to take care of her schizophrenic daughter; uncle Todor, who used to play the violin, but now suffers from a severe form of Parkinson's disease; Sivolin, who always comes late, but never forgets to say – "Have a good weekend" and to complement us – "You, ladies, are wonderful!"… I can keep on going, but I'd better stop, because this makes me sad. I will not be seeing these people any more in our Kitchen. I will not be looking them in the eyes – meeting their hope, despair, joy and tension, and trying to be there for them. So I just leave them in God's hands and promise to myself to pray for them every day. I hope that we will be seeing each other again in the future here on earth or one day with our Father in heaven. May God protect you, dear friends! We love you!   

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