Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goodbye to a Year of Goodbyes

Goodbye, 2012. You were life changing, and no offense, but I don't mean that in a good way. And although you weren't completely bad, I have to admit that I won't miss you a bit.

In 2012...

We lost our church.

We suffered the shocking and heartbreaking loss of the majority of our friendships.

And to round it all out, our beloved dog of twelve years died, followed a month later by one of our cats disappearing.

So here we are at the end of 2012, and while I continue to mourn the losses of this past year, I also look ahead to 2013 with hope and expectancy. I am so eager for healing and for new beginnings.

And so after a year of life changing goodbyes, and with the expectation of a fresh start ahead, I've decided to say goodbye to this blog as well.

So goodbye, 2012. You brought me much pain, but you also taught me some invaluable lessons.

  • I've learned firsthand the devastating effects of gossip, assumptions, and false accusations.

  • I've learned that people are not always what they portray themselves to be.

  • I've learned that sometimes you discover that a friendship meant more to you than it did to the other person.

  • I've learned that when people have made their minds up about you and have decided that the truth is irrelevant, the only thing you can do is walk away.

But the biggest lesson of 2012? The comfort in knowing that God is working all of this for our good and for His glory. And for that, I am truly thankful.