Sad goodbyes are never easy. Tonight, our youth group will be saying goodbye to one of it’s members. This will change the whole dynamics of the group as the person leaving is connected, in many ways, to a majority of the members of the group.
There is a friendship component, a romantic component, a mentoring component, a sibling component as well as a spiritual component that will suffer the loss.
Sad to say; but, this goodbye is because of circumstances beyond the control of the people involved so there is a sense of anger, betrayal and fear of the unknown future.
It is the hope of those involved that the goodbye can be a temporary situation and that trouble and difficulties will stay far away until the youth turns 18 in a few months.
At that time, the youth will be technically free to make his own choices about where he wants to live. If he can follow the rules and bide his time he may be able to change the course of his life to achieve his personal life goals.
We will do our best to continue building relationships between the teens so that we can keep him supported and encouraged during this time of seperation. The main thing will be to maintain contact as well as accountability. It will not be easy, but it is a testing time for sure. Let’s hope this is a test that everyone ace’s.