Jesus said, "Let your 'Yes' be yes, and let your 'No' be no." And he might have added, "And, let your 'Goodbye' be goodbye," because there is no looking back with regret or longing for those whose "Yes" is yes, and whose "No" is no. People who live with authenticity and genuineness, who say what they mean and mean what they say, with no duplicity or pretension about them, are just as they are here/now, and are gone when they leave. Being here/now and gone is the way to do it. And the people who master living in that fashion are never gone, but always here/now in the lives of those who knew them, like someone who has been resurrected from the dead. Their life is an exhibition of truth that never dies, and they are always present in the presence of truth, in an eternal here/now kind of way. World without end. Amen.