“How are you?” I asked.
She looked directly into my eyes and said, “I miss my mother.”
This church member is 90 years old.
I sat beside her and held her hand as she told me about how wonderful and hard-working her mother was. Her mother had raised 8 children and she was the youngest. Her voice thick with emotion she said, “It’s only two of us left. And my sister is very, very sick.”
Yet in the midst of that sadness of feeling alone, despite the physical pain she now experiences in her body, my new friend said she is so grateful to be alive and able to go to church to worship the Lord.
I’m so glad I stopped to tell her hello and to listen to her. She taught me so much during our conversation.
LESSON: There’s no time limit on missing our loved ones who have passed on.
My father passed on over eight years ago. Sometimes my eyes still mist over when I remember his laughter, his beautiful tenor voice, his irrepressible sense of humour.
LESSON: We’re never too old to love and love deeply.
LESSON: Even in the midst of grief, we can be truly thankful for the little things. Like life.
Finally, it’s good to make time to listen to someone. You never know the profound life lesson that may come from a simple ‘Hello’.