Yesterday, I attended a celebration of life for a friend, Bonnie, who passed away from cancer. It was a beautiful service, filled with music, pictures of a life well lived and lovely words from family and friends who shared. I learned so much about Bonnie that I did not know.
During one of the songs, I asked God to show me something about Bonnie’s life and three words came to my mind: life, live and love. This morning I spent some time art journaling about those words and others that describe the life of my friend.
When I call Bonnie a friend, this is because I felt that way about her, even though I only knew her from her warm Sunday morning greetings at church and Superschool and small conversations we shared during the few years I attended the same church as Bonnie. I truly felt cared about and accepted around Bonnie and looked forward to seeing her. But it was one conversation with Bonnie that really touched me and I will always remember it. Bonnie took the time to listen to me, she sensed I was struggling, and she shared some of her own life stories with me and then prayed for me. I honestly felt the touch of God flow through Bonnie during that time and it brought me to tears and afterwards, I remember thinking how amazing of an encounter it was. I was so grateful to Bonnie and to God for that divine appointment, it was just what I needed at that moment.
After the service, hearing about Bonnie’s life and character, I am certain that many, many others had similar encounters with Bonnie and therefore God. She really cared about people and gave her time, her listening ear and her attention. Her life testimony spoke of that yesterday. She lived her life full of hope and expectation of miracles and wonders from God, always believing for complete healing for herself. She fully lived for her family, her friends, of course for God, but also for strangers she barely knew, like myself. She loved unconditionally and never judged, I felt that myself from Bonnie and heard that spoken a few times yesterday.
Looking at her life and fully appreciating the woman she was, I can only hope to become a woman who loves life, lives fully and loves as unconditionally as Bonnie did.
Looking forward, with hope and expectation to see you again in heaven one day my friend Bonnie <3