Today, my best friend went to heaven. It’s been a long journey for her and her loving family as Cancer invaded her body and finally overcame her. I wrote about this amazing friend a while ago. She and her husband were the first people we became friends with when we moved to Minnesota. That friendship has remained for over 44 years.
When you lose someone so close, a bit of your own heart dies with them. Your life will never be the same without them. When God gives you the peace of eternal life, there is a lasting assurance for those who die – for life goes on. What a joyous day for my Christian friend. We can enter God’s realm, with no fear – just confidence. He’s already bought us back from the clutches of the devil, the world and our own flesh.
To my best friend: My thoughts of you will always bring back wonderful memories. On this sad day, I am at peace knowing that your tired, broken, body has been renewed and perfected. I know that you’ve taken your rightful place as an heir of heaven. I’m confident also that we will meet again. My prayers go out to your family and friends as we all mourn our loss, but rejoice in your gain.
Earlier today, I posted about second chances. In life we have lots of them. In death we won’t need anymore. We will be completely free of sin. We will soar with eagles. We will meet our Lord, face to face.
Goodbye, my beautiful friend. You’ve always been more than an inspiration to me. You’ve taught me how to stand by your man – to be faithful, loving and kind – to reach out to others who are in need of comfort – to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation – to thank God in countless ways. We’ve laughed and cried together. We’ve experienced loss and regained hope together. We’ve struggled through those tough parenting years. We’ve grown together and have been knitted into the fabric of the body of Christ – together.
I love you, my best friend forever.
“Friends are the angels that lift us up when our wings have forgotten how to fly.”