Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Bond Of Hearts
Can you imagine me doing a post without pictures? Well, I am. I just had to share something with you all. If you read my blog at all, you will remember the story of our good friends, Krista & Charlie and their family and what they have been going through. You can read about it on her blog. To make a long story short: Charlies parents were in a bad car wreck last week and his Mother passed away. His dad and brother are in critical condition in the hospital. The funeral was this afternoon. It was so sad seeing the family grieving and being so torn between the hospital and the funeral. I can't imagine how they feel. The funeral was a blessing to go to though. It was at our church. I must tell you all that we love our church. We have been members there for about 20 years. The music was so beautiful and uplifting. Our Pastors who shared that they are grieving too, were so real. They shared their feelings, but then gave the family HOPE to see their loved one again. It was a very uplifting funeral. Before everyone walked by to pay our last respects, our Pastor shared how tired the family was and to be thoughtful as you passed them. The family had shared that they did not mind anyone stopping to speak though. He was just reminding us to think of them because there were a lot of people there. As we walked up there, I knew that our good friends were on the front row. I knew that they were hurting but as much as I wanted to hug and console them, I didn't plan to until after the funeral. But just as we passed by, I reached out my hand just to pat them and Krista grabbed my hand and stood up and hugged me with such love as she cried for her mother in law. She loved her so much. Krista has shared with me how much her MIL means to her. But in her grief, she showed me love. I felt it. She consoled me. What a blessing she is. They are both younger than me & Randy but there has always been a special bond there between us. I don't know how to describe it. There are no words. I just know without a doubt that if we needed them, they would be there in a heart beat. I have not been able to be at the hospital like I wanted to be because I have had to keep my 4 grandchildren during the day and it has weighed heavy on my heart. But when she hugged me and cried, I felt such love from her. It made it seem okay. As we were leaving the funeral I saw Krista's mother (which I love too) and I told her that I wanted to hug Krista but also wanted to be thoughtful. I told her before I knew it Krista was hugging me and crying and I felt such love. Her mother looked at me and said, "Valerie, Krista really loves you." I told her that I loved her too. She looked at me and said that we have a "BOND OF HEARTS." I thought to myself, she was so right. We don't have to live in the same town. We don't have to shop together. We don't have to do anything together. That "BOND OF HEARTS" is just there. There are not many people in this world that can have that kind of friendship but I am so blessed to have Krista in my life and I thank the Lord for her. Some may say that it is because of what they are going through right now but after these trials pass that "BOND OF HEARTS" will still be there. It has been there since the day we met them many, many years ago. Please keep them in your prayers.