Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MY FRIEND

I am losing a friend. He is a very close friend. I have not known him for very long. I have friends that have been close to me for almost 70 years. This is a new friend when you think of the years. He has been my friend for 2 or 3 years. He is a close friend. He and his wife visited our Sunday School Class a couple of years ago. There were two seats empty beside my wife and me. He sat down beside me and shook my hand. I said welcome to our class. He didn’t say much but neither did I. We listened to the Teacher. We spoke after class and I introduced my wife and met his wife. We didn’t see them until the next Sunday. He took his seat beside me. That’s when we became friends. We have Wednesday night services at our church. Most Southern Baptist Churches have Wednesday night services. We have a meal and then a lesson taught by our Pastor. Someone else was sitting beside me at the table so we pulled up an extra seat. He sat beside me and his wife sat beside my wife. It was vacation time so all four of us went on vacation. We had a wonderful two week vacation in Hawaii. He didn’t have a lot to say while we were on vacation. He was quiet. He and his wife are great people. They love the Lord. We returned from vacation and settled in to our normal routine. Then his wife called me on the phone. My friend was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. As I write this, there are tears in my eyes. They spill over and run down down my cheeks. They fall on the keyboard. I can’t talk about it. I can write the words but I can’t say them. When I try to talk about it my voice breaks and I cry. I am afraid that he is going to be gone soon. I just got home from Church tonight. I thought about him as I sat at the table. During the Pastor’s prayer I pressed my napkin to my eyes and I cried. I’m going to visit him tomorrow. I want to give him a hug before he slips away.

14 comments:

Jay Cookingham said...

Praying for you during this difficult time.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Jay.

Ben Craig said...

Praying for you. I know it can be rough to lose a dear friend. Always remember that God has a plan for you!

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JT said...

Thanks for your comment Ben.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Steve. I am following your new blog.

Never Forsaken said...

So sorry you are losing your dear friend.
I will pray for you.
God Bless
Lisa

Starry Dawn said...

Hi John,
Oh!! I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I read your story, and it breaks my heart...
I am also a sensitive lady, and I can feel your pain, John.
I'll be praying for your dear friend, for his family, and for you too.
I also suffer a lot when I lose a friend, a loved one...
I lost my best friend, Frank in February of 2005. My life will never be the same again after his departure to Heaven.
I have written many poems and songs for my best friend, Frank.
If you would like me to write a poem for your dear friend and his family, please, send me an Email with a request for a poem. Then, after I write it, I'll send it back to your Email, John.
It'll be completely free of charge. It'll be a gift from my heart. That is what true loyal friends are for, I think.
I wrote many poems for the Lord, for my dear family and beloved ones too...
Peace be with you, and with all your loved ones, John.
God may bless you all!!
In Christ,
Poet Starry.

JT said...

Thank you for your comment Lisa.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Starry Dawn.

Tommy O said...

John, I am so sorry for you (and for your friend and his wife). But oh how much better this world would be if we all had a friend like you are to your new friend. One who will rejoice when we rejoice and will weep when we weep. Oh to have a dear friend like you! I am praying that the God of all comfort will comfort you as you continue to be a friend to this man and his wife.“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Cor 12:26)

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