TO MY FRIENDS, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Irrespective of all that I have been through I want to sincerely acknowledge a few people that I can sincerely say with all my heart, thank you for being there for me. Your friendship, your love, your prayers, I appreciate more than anyone would ever know. These few people would know who they are when they read this message, For after God a friend’s affection is the greatest treasure here below. The firmest friend-ship has been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
The older I grow in years, the more the wonder and the joy increase when I see the power of these words of Jesus – “I have called you friends” – to move the human heart. The one word “friend” breaks down each barrier of reserve, and we have boldness in His presence. My heart goes out in love to meet His love to you and to every human heart.
Mahatma Gandhi said: “There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e. the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost you many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the State to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. This obedience is the law of our being.”
It is my answering the calling that Mr. Gandhi spoke of that tore me from everything I held near and dear, to finding myself alone at times, but then, God through the mystery of His mercies, He placed these special people that I call “my friends,” who sheltered me when there was no place to rest my head, who, some at their own risk, sought my security over their's, who provided for me when my barn was empty, my health had failed, who spent hours speaking with me on the phone, when night after night, dinner was just for one and at such times, loneliness begun. The Hand of Providence guided them unto my path, for my God never breaks His word – “I will never leave you nor forsake you, do not be afraid or be dismayed, for as I was with Moses, so shall I be with you,” and yes, it was the Hand of Providence that provided me with these few, but very special people. You will always be in my prayers, even after death knocks on our doors.
My hope, my prayers, my desire for you is that you will always maintain a constant “Oneness with God,” all the days of your lives.