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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: Even After Death
By Pamela Milligan
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John had diabetes and loved to eat---everything he shouldn’t. In the beginning of our friendship, I bought all the special foods and snacks that he should be eating, however over time we just compromised with smaller portions of what ever he wanted and a promise to try to eat better through the week. John’s diabetes caused his kidneys to fail leaving him to rely on daily dialysis. Dialysis does not fare well with diabetes, especially with a stinker who sneaked cake whenever he could. His pleasures--my trials.
For two years, this man with whom I had a slight acquaintance with for more than 10 years was now a part of my family. On Sundays after church, John ate with me and my husband, daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. We shared birthdays, holidays, and comforted each other in sickness. We watched movies together, sang together, prayed together, laughed together, cried together. John lived with my husband and me when the diabetes starting taking his toes and he had no one to care for him. We were friends.
It takes great commitment to be a friend and sometimes a lot of work. You get tired and weary in a different way than you do with your family. However, after death, God shows His hand in the perfect timing of His redeeming grace to the living and the dead. Through tears, I miss John but diabetes was the ultimate sword to his death. After John died, he gave a gift of a new life for my husband and I, John left me his insurance policy. Money cannot replace the tears in my eyes or the ache in my heart, but he knew the struggles we encountered and blessed us with an open door.
An open door, that is all that most friends really want, especially when they are hurting inside. Jesus did the night before he died when he asked his friends to stay awake and pray with him. Sometimes like Jesus, friends ask, and then there are times when they only knock and your kindness saves them from life itself. Many say I will wear a crown for the goodness I gave to John. However, it is Jesus' crown that gives LIFE and friendship. Even After Death
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