This past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster. I have watched my friends experience incredible losses that made me wish that in some way I could ease their pain. There is nothing worse than watching someone you love endure insufferable loss. These times have made me realize just how much my friends – no, my sisters mean to me. So I decided to write them a love letter.
I want to let you know first of all that you mean a lot to me. Our friendships have grown and deepened over the years in ways I never could have imagined. I am so blessed to have each of you in my life to laugh, to check me, and to encourage me when I have been down. I will never forget how you have prayed for me, listened to me, cried with me. It is now my turn to reciprocate to you the love that you so selflessly displayed to me.
I know that nothing I can say or do will take the place of the losses you’ve suffered. I know that there will be nights that you will only want to cry or sit alone. You will question why. Your faith will be tested. But I want to encourage you to let you know that when you feel alone, you are not. I am here. When I am not there because of my finiteness, God is. I have and continue to pray for you with the same fervency as I pray for myself. Your challenges are mine, just as I celebrate your triumphs.
No matter what has happened, your purpose and God’s plan remains. You may not understand it today, but I pray that even if you only get a glimpse of what is in store, that that glimmer of hope gets you through tomorrow and the next day. I am crying as I write this because I know how it feels to lose someone you love or to feel as though you don’t understand why your life has led you to a certain point. I wish no one else ever had to go through that.
Though weeping may endure for a night, joy is sure to come with the dawning of a new day. As your sister, I will be patient with you and not rush your morning to come, even though it hurts me to see you hurt. I know that it will take time to heal. But I look forward to the days when we can laugh to tears and share our testimonies of how we came out victorious. You may not feel it now, but those days are nearer than we know.
Love you much,