(Nori Kelley)

I don't know just where to start
I don't know what to say
A question rising in my heart
"Why did you go away?"
There were so many things we left undone
Reserved for you and I
And I want you to know that it's hard to let go
And it's hard to say goodbye

So many times I closed the door
Life seems so unfair
If I could see you just once more
I'd let you know I care
And if I had the chance I'd hold your hand
And look into your eyes
And I want you to know - I don't want to let go
I don't want to say goodbye

Well, now I've got this empty space
That fills me through and through
And you know nothing will replace
The love I have for you
So in the years to come I'll carry on
Someday I may know why
And I want you to know that it's hard to let go
And it's hard to say goodbye

And I want you to know it's so hard to let go...
But I have to say goodbye

1991 Nori Kelley
Published by Count The Cost Publishing / BMI.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

I wrote this song when a teenager I knew lost her estranged father in a car accident. Her heart was absolutely crushed, to the point that her family chose to put her on prescription drugs due to her (supposed) inability to cope. I was reminded of losing my own dad as well in 1981 when I was 23. Thankfully, however, I was able to express my love for both he and my mom before losing them - my mom in 1993.

As you get older, you begin to see more and more of the people you grew up with dying from varying causes...I can think of three close friends from my high school days that are gone now - one from cancer in 1995, one who was found dead in his home in 2006, and the closest one to me, from suicide in January 2008, just weeks before this writing. Death seems to bring a sobering reality and finality to things, but we who are Christians can hold on to our hope of living beyond our days here on earth, our hope of life lasting forever.

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