Do you ever have days where your emotions are mixed with joy, sadness, and every kind of emotion in between? I can’t help the tears in my eyes right now, or the way they billow and bulge until they plop onto the desk in front of me. I heard yesterday what I have been hoping is not. I heard my friend Soozie is near the end of her life.
Soozie is not a child.
Soozie is young—way too young to leave this world, to bring her brilliant spirit with her. Although I have only known her a year and we have never met face to face, I know Soozie will be a part of who I am for the rest of my life—whether she is here, or with our Father in Heaven.
I first met Soozie when she sent me a very polite FaceBook message saying that her loving brother, Si, had bought her my book. I believe Si was the very first person in his country to buy it! Soozie, or Susan at the time, told me about how her brother is her caretaker as she is fighting cancer. Ever since, I have delighted in her messages. Every time I don’t hear from Soozie for awhile, I know she must be fighting.
After a long pause in her messages this past spring, Soozie sent me news I will treasure and truly cherish for the rest of my life. Do you know what Soozie did? Soozie loves horses, and she named her horse’s newborn miracle Grace!
Usually, I write about childhood cancer. Today is different.
Today I give thanks for life and for a friendship I will always have inside me– in this life and the next.
I love you Si.
I love you Soozie.
Thank you for helping me learn about Grace.