Verse of the Day

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

~Philippians 4:13

Today's Devotional Thought

August 12, 2011 by Wendy Foreman


My Very Special Friend

Have you ever had a person in your life that when you think of them you think of Jesus? Do you have someone who makes you smile, who you wonder if they are an angel in disguise? I have a friend like that in my life and I write this devotional today with a heavy heart, with tears in my eyes, but joy in my heart.

This very dear and precious friend of mine has only days left on this earth. She will soon pass from this life into eternity. My heart is so sad because I will miss her, but filled with joy because I know she will be in the presence of our Lord when she closes her eyes in death.

She has battled cancer for at least 10 years. I smile because I know that a body that has been ravaged with pain will be made whole, she will be free of pain, free of tears. She will be walking on those streets of gold and singing praises to her Lord. She will be with her loved ones who are already there and waiting for her. I cry because I will miss her, but I smile because she is where we all desire to be one day.

Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Every correspondence you had with her whether email, letters or cards, that verse was on there. I don't know that I have ever met a person who lived that verse out more than my friend Carol. I first met her when we began care groups at our old church. She was the first person at every meeting. She would come to our door with a smile on her face, Dunkin Donuts coffee in her hand and a tremendous love for Jesus in her heart. I learned very quickly what a special lady she was. She was such an encourager, a prayer warrior, a lover of Jesus, and honestly my husband's and my biggest supporter in our ministry. In all my time with her I never heard her complain about her circumstances. I never heard her be angry with God about what she was facing.

Friends, we sometimes wait until it is too late to tell those special people in our lives how much we love and appreciate them. I would do anything to have one more care group with my friend Carol. To sit over a hot cup of coffee and a sweet treat from Bel Air Bakery and discuss God's word, to pray with her and to sing praises with her. I thank God that my path crossed with this very special lady. She has had a tremendous impact on me in ways that I could never begin to express in words. She truly was, to me, an angel in disguise.

Memorize this verse today:

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
~Philippians 4:13

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