Posted by: macahajo | May 7, 2014

Auf Weidersehen

Auf Wiedersehen is German for goodbye, literally meaning “until we meet again”.


Josh, as a marionette in the Sound of Music

Last year, Hannah and Joshua performed in The Sound of Music, one of my favorite plays! Hannah was a nun and Josh was a marionette!  When we were at ReachGlobal’s Pre-field Training last April, one of the leaders shared the words from one of the songs in The Sound of Music, “So Long, Farewell when she introduced the topic of saying good-bye. The words to most of the song, minus all the coo-coo’s 😉 are in bold below:

There’s a sad sort of clanging
From the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple, too
And up in the nursery
An absurd little bird
Is popping out to say coo-coo

Regretfully they tell us
But firmly they compel us
to say goodnight
To you

So long, farewell
Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

So long, farewell
Auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu
To you and you and you

So long, farewell
Au revoir, Auf Weidersehen
I’d like to stay
And taste my first champagne

So long, farewell
Auf Weidersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave
A sigh and say goodbye

I’m glad to go
I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float
I fleetly flee, I fly

The sun has gone
To bed and so must I

So long, farewell
Auf Weidersehen, goodbye

The time has come for our family to say goodbye to many dear people in our lives.  Regretfully they tell us, but firmly they compel us, to say goodnight, to you. It’s been a long journey. We were in the stage of developing ministry partners (people who want to join us in the Africa ministry by praying and giving) for quite awhile. But now, in the Lord’s perfect time, it’s time for us to go to Africa. It’s time to say goodbye. And there is sadness with saying goodbye. There’s a sad sort of clanging, from the clock in the hall.

I resonate with these words: I hate to go and leave this pretty sightI’d like to stay. And taste my first champagne; the people, the places, the special events.  Saying goodbye is not easy.  It was hard when we moved out of our comfortable home in our quiet, safe neighborhood, where Josh and the boy across the street played care-free. I’d like to stay with my church family who we’ve grown to love and have so enjoyed sweet times of fellowship with. I’d want to stay near our loving family; my parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. I don’t want to leave our dear faithful friends.  I don’t want to miss holidays, birthdays, weddings, special events and traditions with the wonderful people the Lord has put in our lives.  I’d like to stay and continue to lay down roots. I’d like to stay so that our kids can continue to be a part of the Spotlight Youth Theater, where they have developed so many sweet friendships.

That sigh spoken of in the song is an emotionally heavy sigh we have, as we say goodbye. Do you know that kind of a sigh?… When your heart is aching inside? My heart has ached as we say goodbye to people the Lord has blessed us with. Our lives have been so rich with them in it.  Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you. So many dear family and friends. So many goodbyes

But. There is also a lot of excitement! It’s time to go!  And I’m ready! Mark is ready! Our kids are ready!  It’s been a long time of waiting and getting ready to go! I’m glad to go, I cannot tell a lie. I flit, I float. I fleetly flee, I fly. I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do!  The Lord started to call us back to Africa in 2010, though our hearts have been there for so many more years. We’ve waited a long time for Him to take us there. We are ready to learn the language! We want to go and dive into cultural learning there. We look forward to the friendships that we will develop and the things that the Lord will do. We look forward to watching lives transformed by the impact of the Gospel in their lives.



Hannah, as a nun in the Sound of Music

Auf Weidersehen, 

Cathy Lynn

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1


  1. Cathy & Mark, even though we’ve only known you for a short time, we feel like you have become forever frinds. We are thrilled to partner with you in Africa. It will be exciting to see what God will do thru you. God’s blessings for safe travel and His strenth and patience in getting settled In your new home. So long….

  2. Cathy, you really captured so well what it means to say good-bye for those who are called into cross-cultural ministry!! Adieu!

    • Thank you, Katie.

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