Today's Reading: Matthew 9-10
A friend of mine died today.
She was my age. Some would say she was too young to die.
She fought hard to see her daughter dress in a lovely canary colored gown and pose for prom pictures.
She fought hard to attend her niece's wedding.
She fought hard to smile daily at her amazing prince of a man who never left her side.
There were many of us who carried her pallet. We walked along side her as the cancer of her body paralyzed hands previously mobile to create fiber masterpieces. We strapped gait belts to her and held her as paralyzed legs which used to hold a gardener's body erect gave out.
We couldn't find a roof to dig through, so instead of letting her down, we lifted her up in prayer.
Today, as she is present to the LORD of all Creation, as room has been made for her in the throne room, I want to hear the same words said to her that were said to that paralytic long ago.
"Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."
"Courage, daughter; your sins are forgiven." Stand up, join me now and let me show you true beauty.
Thank you, LORD.
Thank you for my friend.