I always struggle with choosing a personal item for the annual Cherished Blogfest. I tend to feel that “items” are never more important than the people in my life, never holding a value high enough to call it cherished.
Except this year is different.
A good friend of mine passed away in September from cancer. She battled this horrible disease for a year with unstoppable courage, daily prayer and a beautiful smile on her face. And she left the legacy of one who was loved and admired by many.
I am reminded of Sue every day by a daily devotional she gave me in October of 2014.
It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day. Sue simply gave me this book out of the goodness of her heart and the knowledge that her friend needed a little “spiritual help” now and then. I was very touched by this gift and the words Sue wrote to me under the front cover. This devotional has a home in my office, where I tend to need reminders that life isn’t always about me and that I have Him to give worries to on stressful days.
Over the course of the last three years, I found a few pages that I keep referring back to from time to time.
There is one special page that I copied and keep by my computer.
I was really, really, really grumbly a week and a half ago and, unfortunately, didn’t think to take solace or have my attitude adjusted by what was right in front of me. I’d like to think that Sue would have told me that having a day like this is okay, as long as I eventually come back to the one who gives grace. Sue was always awesome at prayer and giving spiritual advice, whether she knew it or not.
We welcomed the idea as it gave us an opportunity to tell Sue that we loved her and how much she impacted our lives while she was still present.
I considered this wonderful friend to be a mentor in my faith journey and in life. She was never judgmental about anything and only poured out love for others. At church, Sue was known as “The Brownie Lady,” bringing in pans of the sweet stuff on Thursdays to help feed the hungry. She also had a passion for baseball and her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, as well as having meals with family and friends.
I have been blessed to know Sue, to have become her friend, to have been invited into her home, and to have shared part of my life with her. The Jesus Calling devotional will always be cherished and a loving reminder of this very special woman of love and great faith.
The Cherished Blogfest is happening right now: October 13, 14 and 15, 2017. Hosted by Damyanti Biswas, Dan Antion, Cheryl Pennington, Paul Ruddock, Peter Nena, Sharukh Bamboat, Kate Powell, and myself, it is open to anyone with a keyboard and story about something or someone they cherish. Details are posted HERE and make sure you click on the link that leads to blogfest participants and the ability to add yourself. Or you can click HERE to go directly to where the fun begins.
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