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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.

13 comments:

Mildred said...

God blesses us with these special people that we have a bond of hearts with for sure. Continuing to remember each of you during this difficult time.

martha - ca knitter said...

You're so luck to have found that bond with someone. God puts people in our lives for a reason. Bless you Valerie for sharing your stories with us.

martha - ca knitter said...

oops typo - I meant "lucky" :o)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Valerie, what a very difficult time for you and your friend. I had a heart friend, but she is gone now. We were friends for 20 years, but the Lord took her home just 4 1/2 years ago. She was so young, and I have to say that I miss her so much. We were heart friends for sure, and no one can replace that special person in your life.

Jocelyn

Alice Grace said...

A true friend is one who will be there for you thru all. You are a true friend to all, and the love shown to you exibits the kindness and love you give. Krista and Charlie are in my prayers that God will comfort their hearts in this very difficult time in their lives. The great thing is that we will all be reunited with our loved ones who have gone before...that is such a wonderful consolation in Christ Jesus.

Connie W said...

I can feel the love by reading your words.

Darla said...

Speechless.....

Junie Moon said...

What a truly loving and touching post. My heart goes out to this family and those who love and care about them.

brenda said...

We are all very fortunate to have wonderful sisters in Christ. It is so comforting to know that we are all there for each other during the good times and bad. It's the tough times that we remember, though. My prayers are with Krista and her family during this time... Thank you, Valerie - for always being a kind sister to Karen and me!
We love you very much!

Alleluiabelle said...

Valerie,

My thoughts and prayers are with this family and with you as their dear, dear friends. Bond of Hearts, that is truly beautiful. I have a really good friend that I can say that we have that same kind of realtionship. Now I can refer it as a Bond of Hearts too.

Love & Peace to you,
Alleluiabelle

PEA said...

I've got tears in my eyes as I read this...such a heartwarming post, dear Valerie, and no pictures needed. My heart goes out to Krista and her family, may they find comfort and peace after such a tragedy. Having a "bond of hearts" is something very special indeed and you are very blessed to have that with her!! Please know I'm thinking of you. xoxo

Brendia said...

Isn't awesome that the Lord gives us people to connect with like that? Thank you for being there for Krista; I know there are times she talks to you about things she may have a hard time talking to anyone about. You'll never know what an influence you have on her; even though you are miles away.

Krista said...

Okay, you made me cry again! I thought I was cried out. You thought I was comforting you, and in reality you were comforting me! I gained strength from that hug. You'll never know what you mean to me. I wish that I could put it into words, but words are not sufficient. Thank you for being there for me during this difficult time.