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!