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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
The months that led up to the funerals were full of heartache as well. I had been diagnosed as having fibromyalgia at the age of twenty- six, a chronic illness that causes severe and debilitating muscle pain, my husband,young daughter and I lost our home, and we almost lost our marriage. It was safe to say that I was completely overwhelmed. Somehow wearing that silver heart around my neck brought great and unexplainable comfort.
As the hours passed I begged God to help me find it but it never happened. I cried just as hard as I had cried during the funerals. My tears never left me for the first week. My husband tried to comfort me and tell me not to cry but I couldn't help it. I just kept thinking that the locket was all I had left and now it was gone.
Finally, I realized that the only way I could be at peace was to rest in the Lord's arms. Without the locket to distract me, the Lord began to show me that it wasn't the locket I was grieving for. For the first time since the funerals, I'd allowed myself to let go of all the pain I'd been holding. I quit fighting the tears and anger that was within. I realized that I was not all fine. I was in so much pain that I could barely function physically and emotionally and I was quickly losing faith. I turned it all over to God and just allowed His presence to comfort me during my time of mourning.
It had been three weeks since the night I'd lost my locket and eight months since losing my only friend and my brother-n-law. Still seeking the Lord's guidance in my writing,I was searching online when I found a challenge on friendship of all things.
I felt led to write something, anything, even though I wasn't sure I could make a deadline because I never had one before. Still, I felt so led to pick up my notebook and begin writing.
"My notebook, where was my notebook exactly ?" I wondered. "Oh well, I'll just have to make a first draft on loose paper," I thought to myself as I reached for my binder.
Tears of joy flooded my eyes as out from my writing binder fell the silver locket.
At that moment I realized the power of friendship. Yes, the Lord had supplied me with some wonderful friends and I was so honored to have known them before He called them home. But, there is one friend who will never say "good-bye". His love is merciful and eternal. His love is powerful! What an honor to have Jesus call me His friend.
Tommorrow when I place the locket around my neck, I will remember God's grace. The locket will no longer be a way of not showing my feelings. It will become an outward show and personal testimony of God's love. For as something as simple as a prayer to find a missing locket was answered, but not without a lesson from my best friend and Savior on the true meaning of friendship.
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