A man with many friends may lose them. But there is a friend who keeps nearer than a brother.
Today at church we were asked, who is in your community? Who do you run to when times are good? When times are bad? Do you have a group of friends and family who would do anything for you? What does your community look like?
When Alexis passed away, I cannot even begin to tell you how many people expressed their love, gratitude and support for us. It was truly overwhelming. I can honestly say, we did not go without. Our daughter did not go without and we were never alone. From the moment I got that dreaded phone call, within minutes I had someone by my side. When I told my brother, he immediately booked me a flight, the same night my friend jumped on a plane with me, my niece insisted on starting a go fund me page (which exceeded our goal), my phone never stopped ringing, my friends helped me with flowers, our family wrote a poem for her services, I had people calling me and lifting me up in prayer. My friend met me at the mall to help me pick out a dress, another friend of mine helped with funeral details, our friends father performed Alexis services and when we had her reception, my dear friend took charge so I wouldn’t have to worry. The list goes on, I have countless more experiences of how our family was loved on during this time.
What Pastor wanted us to know today is this- You can have many acquaintances, even family members. If you take the time to sew good seeds, you will find yourself with a friend or even a community of people who are closer to you than your own family. I can tell you all the amazing stories of my friends, and I will spend a lifetime showing them how much I love and appreciate them. It feels great to have good friends, just don’t forget to be a great friend in return.
This post is dedicated to –
Cindy, Anthony, Karen, Dean, Jacob Sr, Raquel, Eloisa & Jay V, Jay W, Erika, Kris, Jonessa, Carlo, Brian, Aunt San, Marisol and all of my St. Josephs family.
Thank you & I love you.