A chapter of life that has lasted for three years is about to close, and a new one is about to start. This is a poem whose last two lines crashed into my mind tonight . . . and sums up how I feel about this simultaneous end and beginning.
My friend, we are starting the next stage of life.
Our parting is heartfelt; pain cuts like a knife.
Tears fill both our eyes as we say our goodbyes.
As we hug one last time, now look at my heart;
See, it has been broken, it is missing a part.
I know where I placed it, for that was my choice.
So as you step forward, following God’s guiding light,
I beg you, walk carefully, with your hands clasped tight,
For you carry that shard of my heart in your grasp.