Have you ever lost someone who was dear to you? If so, I can truly relate to how traumatic that is for you… a devastating loss! I just lost a very dear friend. She was the best kind of friend to have and the worst kind to lose. Her passing was not unexpected, so we all had time to prepare for the good-bye. I was jolted into reality… you are never prepared!
She got a lot more mileage out of the body that they once pronounced would not make it six more months. They took her right to Death’s door with treatments, and she slammed it shut right in the face of Death! They were stunned at her longevity and success. She steadfastly credited that success to the personal, daily relationship she maintained with Jesus Christ. She fought the good fight and kept her foot jammed into Life’s door… it could not shut! She declared it would shut when God determined it would shut and she would be ready!
She lived many years beyond what they predicted… full of joy and a joy to all those around her. But when the time did come, we all knew it was inevitable. However, knowing that truth did nothing to ease the pain of the enormous dent left in our hearts when it happened. I am bewildered at the loss, but knew a farewell would be necessary before we could meet again. Easy to say… difficult to accept when it gets personal… this one is my friend!
She would not have wanted us to make a career of tears. She set the bar and it was high… it was a stretch! But before she left, she said, “the world is in need of good people… angels… look for them as they come in many forms.” She ought to know… she was one to all those around her. She made a positive difference in someone’s life every day. Kindness and love were always with her and she generously spread them around. They are beautiful, healing virtues. She always made sure everyone knew Jesus Christ was the only explanation she had for her unexpected longevity. She read “The Word” and lived it out! I was a witness to this miracle! There is no other explanation for that gift of life she received, except for her own explanation… Jesus Christ. Believe it!