If you're friends with me on Facebook, then you'll know that on
Monday our family experienced a sudden, tragic loss.
A dear friend, one of my mother's closest friends,
died suddenly in a terrible car accident.
One moment she was driving home from a visit to her sister's house
and the next minute she was gone.
Just like that.
In a twinkling of an eye she was gone.
My mom and Arlene after our church choir's Christmas production
this past December...
Arlene was part of almost everything in church.
She was kind to everyone and everyone is feeling her loss.
My mom and Arlene grew very close over the past 3 years.
Three years of phone calls.
Three years of domino games.
The list goes on.
And I'm feeling her loss as well.
Arlene didn't look at me as "Loida's daughter."
She looked at me as her friend also.
She loved my blog; often leaving encouraging comments and
she always commented on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page.
AND she played Words With Friends with me on Facebook.
A few weeks ago, she sent me an email telling me she wanted
to start a game with me but wanted me to know she wasn't that good at the game.
I told her I wasn't either and that I really enjoyed playing for fun.
And so our games began.
Only we never finished our last game.
I looked up our game the other night and realized that
the last word she sent to me was "LOVE."
How amazing is that?
This Saturday is a special day.
We're celebrating my mom's 80th birthday with a party.
Oh we're still having the party,
but first we'll go to a funeral to say goodbye to Arlene.
But not goodbye for long.
For one day we'll all be changed in a "twinkling of an eye"
just as it says in 1 Thessalonians 4:17:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
And what a day that will be.
I'm looking forward to that day, how about you?
Tomorrow is NOT promised to us.
If you don't know where you'll spend eternity, send me a message.
I'd love to show you the way to heaven
where my dear friend Arlene is worshipping right now.
I'll be back on Monday.