As we got to know each other through the years, she never ceased to amaze me and still does. She lives her faith....not just when you would see her out....but every moment of every day.
She told me she had called that person, admitted to gossip and speaking uncharitably about her and asked her forgiveness. She was coming to me to apologize and ask my forgiveness as well.
Can you imagine? It still brings tears to my eyes.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
How many times was I guilty of the same thing? How many times had I said things about someone that I shouldn't have? What did it say about me that I didn't even question speaking about another person? Would I....Could I do what she was doing? Practicing her faith......Totally and Completely!
I made the decision that day that she was living exactly the way I wanted to live. I can't say that I'm as successful. I fall far short. I have been blessed beyond measure to be considered her friend.
Our community is grieving over her illness. I will miss her dearly. Her family will face a void that cannot be filled. I know how they will deal with it....with total and complete faith in the Lord. But it still hurts....
I take solace and rejoice in knowing that she will undoubtedly hear the Lord greet her with, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."