The older I get, the more I appreciate people who are older than I am. I love their wisdom, their encouragement, their smiles.
I have several “older lady” friends at church that I grow to love more all the time. They care for me and my family. They encourage me as I mother my sons. They offer advice when I need it. I love them.
One of these friends, Lorna Mae, was spending time in Texas with her daughter earlier this summer when she began having some health struggles. She went to the doctor there and found out that she had cancer on her bladder. They did surgery right away and removed her entire bladder. She then went through several treatments to prevent more cancer. She spent several weeks of slow recovery from her surgery in Texas with her daughter taking care of her before she was able to return home last week.
Much to my surprise, she was able to be at the church service this Sunday morning! I was so happy to see her, that I went over right away to give her a hug as gently as I could so that I wouldn’t hurt her. I’ve been so concerned for her this summer and missed her so much.
She hugged me back…with much more strength than I thought she would have! I was overcome with joy that she was just as happy to see me as I was her….and that she was strong enough to give me a hard hug!! It was a wonderful reunion!
Before we knew it, right there in the church foyer, we both began weeping together as we talked about the loss of my cousins, her illness…and the fact that we’d missed each other so much. How truly wonderful to have such a lady in my life that cares so much for me. This certainly wasn’t the first time she’s cried with me. She’s been one of the first to comfort me and care for me during other losses and changes in our lives during the past few years.
I am incredibly thankful for the friendship of this woman who loves me so much and I am so thankful that she is home and recovering.
I need women like her in my life…and I am so thankful that God has provided these godly women for me to lean on and learn from.
What are you grateful for this Gratituesday?! Please share with us!