discontinuing this blog
I long to give you a glimpse today of someone who knew what it was to live
within the shining moments
brightly creating thousands of moments for others.
Yes, Emily Ann Black was a one of a kind.
Our relationship began more than 20 years ago when she wrote me
Having seen an article of mine published in Decision Magazine.
I wrote back
somewhat amused that she lived in Fredonia
the community where I had gone to college.
Her letters kept coming
filled with encouragement and little bits of news.
She bubbled about her quiet life
talked about the colored leaves falling on those old slate sidewalks
that I used to walk back and forth to class.
She was interested in people
and I became one more for her to care about.
She had never read a book or a blog about living a satisfied life
or how to develop a life of purpose, peace and passion.
No, she didn’t need to.
Emily Ann was a lover
of her Lord and
all her family and friends.
She gave herself away in so many ways.
A note here
A phone call there
Always interested in what I was doing.
She did not preach it
she practiced the art of living
one day at a time.
Then a few years ago her health began to decline.
I heard the pain in her voice when we’d talk
but she never complained.
But I knew that fall was turning to winter.
She continued to remember birthdays
mine, my daughters and even asked about my dog Savanna
and even though our lives were separated by many miles
and we had never met
she was such a very special friend.
So when I discovered early this morning that she was gone
my heart drooped with sadness and grief.
My life will be different without her.
But then I think of all those many shining moments we shared.
The sound of her sweet voice on my answering machine.
The curve of her handwriting on each note she sent.
The joyous laughter and sweet friendship over the years
I realize that she lived out
life at its best. She discovered it.
Yes, she was a shining example of a life well lived.
She not only experienced many shining moments wherever she went
but she created them for others.
do you long for a life that shines with brightness?
do you long to really make a difference in others lives?
Don’t wait another day. Contact me.
You can not only experience shining moments but you can learn the art of living them.
It can’t get any better than that.