Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it’s to a church full of people. People who, individually and collectively, have shaped you and changed you and made you into a much better and more Christlike person.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, as our final few gatherings have been somber. They’ve reminded me of times that I’ve sat next to a bed as family gathered around a loved one to say goodbye and to wait with them for their death: times of sadness and laughter and stories and memories and thankfulness and most of all, love. Our grief at looking forward only enhances our deep gratefulness for all that we’ve shared in the past. Thanks be to God.
We have just a few meetings left before Common Table is no more. We’ve talked a lot about how we want to finish, debating between a kind of wider celebration versus a more quiet family gathering of the few folks who are left. And after listening to one another we’ve found a strong consensus about ending quietly. (Though we were excited to hear that there is already energy gathering for a kind of wider ‘Celebration of Life’ in the near future. We’ll be sure to let everyone know about that.)
Thanks, Common Table, for everything. Y’all are awesome.