Monday, April 24, 2006

On Saturday night I was having a difficult time falling asleep and just as I was starting to drift off to sleep, my cell phone started to ring. I had been thinking about a dear friend of mine who is dying from cancer. It was my friend; and she had called to say good-bye because it appeared that the end was drawing near. Her voice was weak and filled with exhaustion and the weariness that come from battling a debilitating disease. I told her that I loved her and that God did too.

The sorrow in my heart filled my eyes with unrestrained tears and I mourned for my friend and my soul was filled with grief because she will leave behind her precious son.

My friend knows God and I know that she will soon be resting in her Savior’s arms. It is comforting to know that and I know that God will fill those who mourn with His peace and hope.

The scripture that comes to mind: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 In the Greek the word that is used for “mourn” it is the strongest word used for mourning. It is the word used for mourning for the dead, or one who is lamenting over a lost love.

When things are going well in our life we can live on the surface and glide along. But when sorrow comes into our life it brings us to the deep thing is life, what really matters. It puts life into perspective to show us what is most important.

In closing there is a little verse that I would like to share; I have yet to discover the author of these words of wisdom.

“I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she,
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!”

2 comments:

Jimella said...

Michelle,
Your words ministered to my grieving heart. I love you.
Jimella

Dad and Mom said...

Dear Michelle,

We know that God will help your friend and her son through this time in their lives.

I liked that poem very much too.

We love you very much.

Love always, Dad and Mom xoxo