The End comes before The Beginning.
The End is today, the last day of business at RaphaBooks. I contemplated locking the doors for good when we closed yesterday just so I wouldn’t have to say goodbye today. It would have been done. Over. Finished. Without any fanfare or emotional drama. But good sense got the better of me and I realized that I would sell off a whole lot more inventory if I opened for this one last day. So open I will.
The Beginning comes tomorrow. Or maybe after next week’s packing and clean up. For the first time in my adult life, I won’t have a job to report to at a certain time every day. I won’t be responsible for raising babies or little children. Wow. That’s profound. Don’t misunderstand: I have lots and lots and lots on my plate and I’ll be quite busy with everything I’ve got planned. The point is that it’s a beginning. A new season to carve and find out where I fit. I’m rather excited about it because I know that the Lord has a purpose for me in all of this. How cool is that!
So, goodbye wonderful customers. I will miss you more than you know. Thanks for brightening my day, for praying with and for me, for sharing your lives. I am richer for knowing you. And goodbye, not so wonderful customers. I won’t miss you (or your out-of-control children) at all, even though I’ve learned a lot about human behaviour from watching you!
I pray blessings and abundance in all things for every person who has walked through our doors during the past three years.
The End . . . and The Beginning!