Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Hug...

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that a week ago today, I attended a wedding.

Friends of mine got married.  Again, I'll say that I am very happy for them.  May God bless them both, and their marriage!

During the reception, I saw many people I knew and hadn't seen for quite a while.  Some I got to speak with.  Some, I didn't get to spend time with.

One such friend sat with me, along with another lady neither of us knew.  Together, we enjoyed the meal.  And, talked quite a bit.

Believe it or not, the woman that sat next to me, whom neither my friend or I knew, is the sister-in-law of someone I know who lives in my apartment building.  Wow!  I was amazed!

Afterwards, as everything was being cleaned up and put away, a fellow who I had seen around the room quite a bit, came over near us.

I asked him, "R... is that you?"  He turned to me, and made me laugh when he responded, "who else could it be?"  :)

We had quite a discussion.

He mentioned that the last time we had seen each other, was during the time of my deceased husband Gordon's funeral.  In October 2009.

Wow!  It was truly a long time since we had seen each other.

We talked for a while.  When we said 'bye' to each other, I went to shake his hand. 

He took my hand to shake it, then moved differently, and hugged me.  Being really much taller than me, he not only bent down towards me to hug me, but also bent his knees so he could hug me, fully.

To be honest, it amazed me at how long, and how tight I was hugged.

While heading home, it was all I could do to not cry.  I managed to get home and go about doing things I needed to do.

Even so, I found myself crying from time to time, throughout the rest of the evening. 

Believe me when I say that I had trouble sleeping, that evening and the next.  All because I kept thinking about how I missed being hugged.

Why? 

I realized that the last time I had been hugged tightly like that, for more than just a second or two (2), was the last time I had been hugged by Gordon.  The evening he collapsed and was hospitalized, before his death.

Thinking about how Gordon is no longer with me, and shall never return to be with me in this life, made me cry.  After all, I miss being loved.

But, it also reminded me that my Lord loves me... and, is with me.

Thinking like this, brought to mind Joshua 1:5, "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

How thankful I am for God's Word!

Just as we read in today's Bible verse, not any man shall be able to stand before thee, all the days of thy life.  In my case, certainly Gordon couldn't, and didn't.

But, just as our Lord promised, He won't ever fail thee, nor forsake thee.  And, He will be with us, even 'til the end of the age.

For this, I will always be grateful.  Hallelujah! 

Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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