*More than Rubies*
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More Than Rubies
By Jaye Lewis
I have a very special friend who has taught me more about true friendship, than I could learn in a thousand lifetimes. And throughout her many illnesses she has taught me more about courage, than I could learn on a battlefield. She has been buffeted by disease, cut apart by surgeons and sewn back together, and she has endured long, painful recoveries. Some successful. Some not. Yet one thing remains constant with Diane...her absolute selfless struggle to do more for others, than she will ever do for herself.
Diane and I live within an hour of one another. We are both often housebound due to health issues. Our friendship began over the internet, due to an odd twist of events. Her brother is my pastor. We both had health issues, and we began to share and pray together. Also, it is through Diane, that I first was introduced to HeartTouchers.
I will never forget one particularly difficult period, when my health issues and the weather were cooperating to make me housebound. I emailed a short note to Diane telling her how much I wished we lived closer, so that I could just give her a hug. Then I got as busy as was possible, and felt better just letting her know how I felt. Next thing I knew, there was a knock at my door...no doubt a vacuum cleaner salesman. I went to the door, ready for my "we don't want any" speech, and there stood Diane, holding a balloon and wearing a big smile. "Someone told me that you needed a hug!" She said, holding out her arms and the balloon. That's Diane.
A little more than a year ago, my daughter, Jenny, was about to undergo brain surgery. It was so sudden! There was no time to prepare. My health would not permit me to go to the University of Virginia, and be there for Jenny's surgery. The prognosis was scary. So much could go wrong. My husband and daughter, Helen, went to be with Jenny, while I stayed home keeping prayerful watch, and writing to every HeartToucher I knew who believed in the power of prayer, including Michael and Kristi Powers. The prayer requests, literally, went around the world -- Africa, Australia, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Every kindred, tongue and people continued this circle of prayer. And who was holding my hand through it all? Diane.
Diane epitomizes that woman "of noble character" in Proverbs 31. Diane is "worth far more than rubies... She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy," even if the "needy" have more than Diane.
I'm quite certain that Diane and I will be in heaven together, having all the time in eternity to do the things we love to do together, worshiping God, praying, and having all those long talks that we've missed during our many crises on earth.
I will look forward to resting in the eternal landscape of God's true beauty. I think I'll need the rest, occasionally. For I hope that I will receive the honor of helping to carry around that great crown, which I'm quite certain, God will be giving to Diane.
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Special Request for Prayer: Diane's Howard's daughter-in-law, Carol Young has been recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Please pray for Carol, her husband Tim and their children. And please pray for Diane. If you wish to send an encouraging email to Carol and Tim, you may contact them through Diane Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
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