Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. No sooner have we greeted a new friend into our lives, we discover another has left. Sometimes the the leaving is merely geographic; sometimes the separation is emotional; ultimately the final goodbye is corporeal. And yet, as long as we have our memories, we never truly lose the presence of another in our lives, for we are the aggregate of our experience. So let us be open to new relationships, let us cultivate the opportunities to grow and share our love. In so doing, we only become more wholly who we are destined to be. And let us not disproportionately mourn loss, for we are ever more whole and complete in the wake of goodbye, creating space for the next hello. We are grateful for all who have been in our lives, and for all those yet to come. Blessed Be, and Amen.