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June 24

Tearful Goodbyes


I have lived in two cities in my life. I grew up in Lubbock and lived there for 23 years. I have now lived in Austin more years than that. I can still remember the day my wife and I loaded up the moving van and drove six hours from the “hub of the plains” to the “live music capital of the world.” We cried the whole way because our affections for our friends in Lubbock ran deep. In today’s passage, we get insight into two of Paul’s departures.

  • What feelings and emotions did you experience when you moved from one place to another? Recall the details of your departure.


21:6 And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo. And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. What was the emotion of Paul’s departure in verse 1? (It is helpful to review Acts 20:36-38)
  2. How was Paul’s departure from Tyre similar to leaving Miletus (Acts 20:36-38)? How was it different?
  3. How would you describe the kinds of relationships Paul had with the people he met on his journey?
  4. Why is it important for the reader to know the details of these departures?
  5. How would you describe the kinds of relationships you have had on your journey? Do you have a group of people in your life that, if you moved away today, it would rip your heart out to say goodbye to?


In verse 21, the word “parted” is a graphic word describing Paul’s experience as he said goodbye to the Ephesians. It literally means to tear apart. Paul loved these people so much that he had to tear himself away from them when he left. Keep in mind he lived in Ephesus for three years, but just a few verses later, Paul’s departure from Tyre is described after being there for only a week. His goodbyes may not have been as emotionally intense, but we know there was a strong bond. Whether we have lived somewhere for a week or 23 years, we must do the hard work and take the risks of investing in deep and meaningful relationships.

  • Ask God to help you connect with others in a deep and meaningful way.
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