Sunday, 22 July 2012

And Good Friends Will Never Die



We live in a dream world. The sun shines down upon us day after day and we are happy. We laugh; we hug; we enjoy. But every now and then, we glance anxiously over our shoulders. We wonder: how long will our dream world last?

And then one day, our world-in-a-bubble floats over a thorn and explodes. We fly towards the earth and land thud! And someone shouts, “Welcome to the real world!”

The real world where heavy grey clouds blot out the sun, where there is pain and suffering.  A world saturated with tears and pierced by hearts that ache.

A world where good friends die.

The real world…

Tears fill my eyes and roll down my cheeks and I bend over under the weight of grief.

But then I stand up tall and shout, “No! This isn’t the real world.”

The real world is the dream world where the warm sun shines down upon us; where love and joy ripple through the air; where children giggle, and husbands hug, and friends smile, and we all laugh…

One day…

There will be no more looking over our shoulders; no more anxious glances; no more wondering if our bubble will burst, releasing all our joy; no more grief; no more mourning good friends.

One day we will live forever in the real world. And the Son will shine upon us…

And good friends will never die.

17 comments:

  1. This is brilliant Sue. Well written. Thank you.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm so sorry Sue. I totally miss-read this post.

      I thought you were referring to "friendship"; and the post was so poetic.

      I pray for your friend.

      May the Good Lord be by your side at this difficult time. God bless.

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    2. Victor,

      Please don't worry! I didn't explain so it was easy to get confused. Vicky knew who I was writing about because I told her about the friend who died on Friday.

      The friend suffered greatly from illness for some years so his death was a release for him. We shall miss him though! He was a very generous and kind person who did so much for our family.

      I was feeling very sad, and thinking about how dark the world can seem sometimes... then I wrote my post.

      Thank you for your prayers.

      God bless!

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    3. Darkness befalls us at times like these Sue.

      That is why it is so important to cherish friendships in this world whilst they last; and to renew them in the next.

      God bless.

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    4. Victor,

      I have been thinking about your words: 'I thought you were referring to "friendship".' I like that. I was writing about a particular friendship but my post really describes my feelings for all my friendships. Yes, I will cherish them here in this world. Looking forward to reaching that forever 'real world'!

      Thank you!

      God bless.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Sue. It is very painful when good friends die.

    I felt like this when my dear friend, Shirley, died. She was so much a second mother to me and so very loving that it hurt when she suddenly passed away. I remember her as being full of faith and devoted to Our Lady, and, like you, I'm looking forward to meeting her, again, and enjoying her love in the real world. I'm certain that she's praying for us because she cared so much for us when she was alive.

    In the meantime, I guess we plod along, faithful and trusting, like our friends did before us.

    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you all, Sue.
    God bless you:-)

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    1. Vicky,

      Thank you!

      Some people make such a difference during their time here on earth... Shirley, our friend... They are missed! I guess we cry for ourselves.

      God bless!

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    1. Thank you, Erin. I know there are many many people who have been touched even deeper than us, by our friend's death.

      God bless!

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  4. Beautiful post, Sue, and so sorry for your loss...God bless...Ellen

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    1. Ellen,

      Thank you. I wanted to write something to express my feelings... Thank you for sharing it.

      God bless.

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  5. Sue this is so beautiful and so true. {{{hugs}}} Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. I can feel that hug and it feels good!

      God bless.

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  6. Hi Sue - So sorry to hear about your loss. When I lost someone dear to me a few years ago, I thought the sun would never shine again. But it does. The memory of those lost never leaves us, but we learn to go on, to meet new people, and to love once again. {{{hugs}}}

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    1. Linda,

      Good friends leave a huge gap but yes, we are left with many beautiful memories.

      God bless you, and thank you for taking the time to leave these very kind words.

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  7. Dear Sue,

    It is very very hard to lose a friend. Even when they've suffered, we still miss them, even though we may know, or at least have a very high hope, that they truly are in "a better place."

    A place where Love and Joy Ripple Through the Air! Yes!

    (What a visual I got, reading those words)

    We are human after all.

    <(<(hugs)>)>
    Amy

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    1. Amy,

      You are so right: we are human. Even though death is really only a beginning and we should rejoice, our human hearts still ache. Yes, we do miss friends and family who move onto "a better place."

      Thank you for finding these consoling words.

      God bless!

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