Friday, December 19, 2008

Friends


Mike and Nancy, Christmas 2006


They spent a lot of time at the water, mostly fishing, sometimes just spending time.


Don't you just love when friends stop by for a visit? I was at school, so did not have a crumb or a cup to offer, but it was nice to see my friend Mike again. We have shared some sorrows and joys this past year, and even shed a few tears on our own ends of the keyboard. Mike recently gave our school a large selection of fiction books to help meet the needs of our high school students. Nancy loved, loved, loved to read and tried to get the students interested in reading and always wished she could provide the kids with some of the good books she had read over the years. Mike and his family purchased these books in honor and memory of Nancy Garry, his wife, who passed away July 1, 2007. Nancy was once my teacher and always my friend. I miss her very much. School is not the same without her smiling face and her willingness to help us with her positive look at our complaints, or our computer problems. Nancy took care of me a lot when I was going through some major grieving, and I will always remember her concern, compassion and love towards me. There are times in your life when someone special enters your heart, and sickness, sadness, and death can not separate them from you. Don Piper wrote in his book '90 Minutes in Heaven' after a death experience, '...Everything I experienced was like a first-class buffet for the senses. I had never felt such powerful embraces or feasted my eyes on such beauty... Never, even in my happiest moments, had I ever felt so fully alive... I felt loved - more loved than ever before in my life...'. These words give us hope and comfort at that glimpse of God's future for us all. God gave us friends for always. Gone from our sight just for now, but we WILL see you again. Love you always Nancy!

Why GOD Gave Us Friends

GOD knew that everyone needs

Companionship and cheer,
He knew that people need someone

Whose thoughts are always near.

He knew they need someone kind
To lend a helping hand.
Someone to gladly take the time
To care and understand.

GOD knew that we all need someone
To share each happy day,

To be a source of courage
When troubles come our way.


Someone to be true to us,
Whether near or far apart.
Someone whose love we'll always
Hold and treasure in our hearts.

That's Why GOD Gave Us Friends!

Update: Brad Garry, Nancy's oldest son, has found my blog. Check out their family site listed under my sites of interest: http://thegarrychronicles.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

Diane said...

The Christmas Season is a time of family, friends and memories. May everyone have a moment to remember a loved one and realize they're still with you as long as you have memories.