It was a beautiful day.
I was walking towards the two story building, my stride quick, I was feeling good and had things to do, when I met her at the bottom of the stairs.
We greeted one another and she put her arm around me in a side hug.
She placed her other hand on my stomach.
“Can I fatten you up? You’re just too skinny!”
She laughed, a beautiful laugh, full of joy, as if the idea of cooking for me was a thrill.
As I was taller I leaned over and gently rested my head on top of hers as I squeezed her with my arm around her shoulders.
“No!” I laughed too. “As much as I’d like that, my doctor says my body doesn’t process food correctly and that’s why I’m so thin, but thank you for your offer!”
We laughed and hugged.
Her hand still rested on my stomach as we briefly exchanged pleasantries.
We hugged again before she headed towards the parking lot and I into the building.
Her love and warmth stayed with me and I thanked God for her.
A bit later, I received a phone call.
It was a friend of mine, not the sweet lady who offered to feed me.
“So, I have a weird question to ask you.”
This surprised me a bit, but didn’t phase me too much.
“Absolutely, what can I do for you?*
“Uhm, did I remember it correctly that you had to have a hysterectomy a few years ago?”
“Yes! It was God’s blessing to me, as without the surgery I probably would have died. Why?”
“Well…” She paused to let out a stifled giggle.
“I guess some office ladies saw you talk and laughing in the parking lot with…they thought you were pregnant!”
I couldn’t keep from laughing!
My friend laughed too.
“Oh! I can totally see how they thought that! She even had her hand on my stomach! No, I’m not pregnant. You can tell everyone that I had a hysterectomy a few years ago. But that’s incredibly funny!”
“I thought so!”
We laughed again and hung up.
She promised to put to death the rumor.
I hadn’t thought of this moment in a long time.
But it came back as if it had just happened when I received the news yesterday.
My sweet friend who wanted to cook for me, the lady who never let me walk by without a hug or a quick pat of the hand and a warm smile went to be with Jesus.
I haven’t seen her since we moved out of the area, but I had heard her health wasn’t good just before we moved due to my failing health.
I didn’t know she was in the hospital, but I do know she loved Jesus.
It’s the greatest part of salvation: this life isn’t the end.
John 3:15 KJV — That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for salvation! Thank You for the many wonderful people You have placed in our lives. Thank You for my friend who is in Your arms today. Thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Lord, I know You are walking us forward into Your truth and guiding us daily. Lord, for those who are hurting, please heal them. For those who are grieving, please comfort them. For those who are discouraged, bring them hope. For those who are in need, sustain them. For those who lack, help them wait upon Your provision. For those who are lost, bring them the light of Your sacrifice and love through Your death and resurrection. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.