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My Good Friend, Lena

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Today was the day of the funeral of my good friend, Lena. She was 97 years old.  On New Year’s Day, 2015 she would have turned 98.

Sometimes at funerals a time is given to stand up and give a tribute for the person who had died. A year or so ago a friend of mine died and when a time was given for tributes I sat shaking and hesitating before standing up. Well, I waited just a second too long and the opportunity was gone. I still regret my hesitating. I missed the opportunity to tell what my good friend meant to me.

So, today I was ready. If a time was given, to share a few thoughts, I was going to stand up immediately. But, alas, it wasn’t to be.

So here is my tribute to my friend, Lena.

Jerry and I were married in Winona Lake, Indiana. Few folks from here, other than family, were able to attend our wedding. A few friends did: Dick and Barb, Cathryn and Leroy. Jerry had lived here his entire life and was a member of the Free Methodist Church. So when we came to our new home, after our honeymoon, the church put on a lovely reception for us at the Community Center. I still remember Lena and Dick working so hard to make sure everything was just right! We have a movie of the occasion. I didn’t know Lena before that day! But we were friends from that time on until her death, November 10, 2014. That was 55 1/2 years ago!

I went to visit her a few times after she moved into a nursing home. The last time was just a couple of weeks ago. She had moved, to a different home, out in the country. It took me a while to find it, but I was so glad I did. She recognized me right away and we had a delightful visit, reminiscing over the years we had been friends, 55 years! I promised her I’d come again…

So, someday when my time comes to depart this world, Lena and I will have a wonderful time praising God and renewing our friendship!


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