In my life I have been able to count my true friends on both hands. Apart from one friend I made in my teens, the others I did not meet until my 30's and 40's.
One of my dearest friends is Pam.
Pam is a prayer warrior, one of my three prayer circle friends. We met in 2000 through an email group when we began homeschooling. It wasn't (isn't) easy for me to make friends, but she persisted until I let go of my fears and took her hand in friendship. I know she has a habit of doing that to women. She reached out and showed the love and grace of Jesus, and captured our hearts.
During the night, my lovely friend passed away suddenly into the arms of our Saviour.
She would not have planned to meet Him this way...she is a loyal and loving wife, and the mother-of-all-mothers to four children aged 3 - 18. Having two little girls in her mid and late 40's was a joy for her that words cannot describe, and in every conversation we had she expressed that delight. Her four children were her world.
Most of our 13 year relationship has been conducted over the phone. We've only met face to face a handful of times, as we've never lived in the same city, and rarely have I been in the same state, but those times were filled with love and laughter, and hospitality as I have never before or since, experienced.
Opening my heart to Pam, I knew there was safety. She cared so much about all people...and I never doubted her care for me. In another life I would have wanted her as my mother...
In an earlier issue of my magazine I shared the "Prayer Circle" block...
I also explained who the three friends were that I'd stitched into the block.
Pam was one of them.
We four - Pam, Elizabeth, Ruth and I have held each other in prayer through the brightest and the darkest of days...
Each one of these ladies is a gift to me. Sisters not by birth, but by the Lord's hand.
Pam was a woman so gentle, so forgiving, so gracious. She has left a gaping hole in our lives and hearts.
But we know where she is today. We know that she stands before her Saviour in all His glory, and we know that He welcomed her into His presence with, "Well done, my good and faithful servant".
As you can imagine, the lives of her girls (ages 4 and 6), and her sons (ages 16 and 18), and the life of her husband, Gordon, is now a train wreck of grief.
PLEASE pray for them. Please pray for Pam's mother, her sister, and her brother.
PLEASE, hold them in prayer for a long time because the journey ahead will be long.
I will be gone from blogging for a bit.
I know you'll understand.