2017-07-05 - So Long for Now
Today, I find myself feeling overwhelming sadness. I just learned that a dear friend, with whom I was very close as a young woman, passed away about ten years ago. We exchanged letters and cards from time to time after I moved away; then she had to be overseas with her family for a few years, then back to the states, and we both got married. We had children that were within about five years of each other, as well, and all of them are young adults now. I often wondered what happened after getting the last Christmas card with a photo of her quite young children, and not getting any other mail, but figured life had just gotten deeper into raising the kids, as mine was then. Yet her having been a key element to my spiritual life catching fire and then leading to baptism, I somehow found myself wishing I had at least heard about her passing. I crossed paths with her mother, and got to looking at some pictures, and was wondering why she wasn’t in any of them. Today, I found her obituary.
We never know where our road goes, exactly, or when it ends. As much as I truly know of this in my relatively short life, there are times it still comes as a shock, it would seem. I’m grateful knowing Trinh had a heart for God, and shared it in such a natural way getting to know me all those years ago. She may not have even realized how her gentle, sweet spirit brought kindness to my weary spirit, at a time in my life when I needed it the most. Our God knew that’s what I needed and - and humbly following his leading, she made it possible for me to then know God’s presence in a way I didn’t know possible. I’m forever grateful, and as my mother used to say so often, and I say to Ms. Trinh “so long, for now, dear friend”.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.