Two friends and I sat at supper tonight, enjoying more than food. Each time we’re together, we find more in common. Tonight I learned they’d lost a son, killed by a drunk driver. We agreed, after the death of one you love, pain eases but doesn’t go away. While sorrow softens, our faith toughens, helping us savor, not squander the remains of our days. Spending time with these two older and wiser friends left me encouraged, buoyed by joy deeper than sorrow.
Driving home, I pulled out a Fernando Ortega CD and sang along. Haven’t dared listen to him for awhile, takes me back to MGH and long nights of waiting and watching. But it’s Lent and a good time to sing Just As I Am and I Need Thee Every Hour.
It helped to sing, harmonize with Fernando and imagine Jud listening in.
The assignment for this week’s New Testament class sent me to Corinthians, reading again the famous passage on Love.
“Love never gives up…
Love trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.” ( from I Corinthians 13 in The Message)
I witnessed this keeping-on-kind-of-love in my friends tonight.
And so to sleep, pillowed in gratitude for friends and the Grace of Jesus that bids me come Just As I Am.
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