Yesterday close mutual friends and families celebrated our friend Jeanne’s life, in a beautiful Church, a Celebration that touched me deeply, and has strengthened my faith in the power of love. This love is like the pebble that causes the ripples to extend outward, far reaching into the water.
Today I’m thinking a lot about friendship, because Jeanne taught me so much about friendship and about the extension of earthly and of heavenly, divine love.
We can so often take our friendships for granted, but I know friendship is the most important relationship we have, regardless whether those friends be biologically related to us or not.
Our strongest relationships can be with our friends, many times more so, then with our immediate family, because we choose our friends.
I also know my friendship with myself, with others, and with the God of my understanding all embody and manifest my purpose in life, which becomes much clearer when I just work to help, not to possess. If I can live my life this way, I’m very grateful and happy.
And I have the hope that reflected in my attitude toward gratitude, is what will define me as a person.
This Celebration yesterday left me feeling doubly blessed, as I met a beautiful new friend who was close to Jeanne and she sang the hymn His Eye Is On the Sparrow. This hymn I know captured the spirit of Jeanne’s legacy of faith, hope, gratitude and love that she imparted to others and she set the bar for us to extend like ripples in the water.
” Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.”
– L.R. Knost
Our past is born of story, in the present we live our story, and then we become the story.
– Catherine Meyers