(Dedicated to:  Rev. Linda M. Morris)

Once upon a brief moment in time, two women (named Linda and Gloria) met. Kindly, in gentleness, their hearts touched. Fate took them in different directions, one North, one South. Time passed and through their journeys, they were fortunate to meet once again and during this meeting, their hearts opened further and touched longer.

Across the miles, a friendship grew, answering prayers for the two women.  Gloria wanted a friend to talk with, someone who didn’t “need” her as a teacher or as a healer. She opened her heart to Linda and found such a friend.

Linda’s needs were similar in seeking a friendship. She was seeking to unconditionally give and receive from a friendship that bore no expectations or judgments. She sought a relationship that would provide honesty, integrity, and loyalty.

As the years passed, their friendship blossomed into a bouquet of roses, lilies, lilacs, and daisies… mentioned only to describe the beauty of Linda’s and Gloria’s growing relationship.

Linda’s birthday was approaching and Gloria wanted to give her a gift that would never rust or decay. She wanted to give something lasting and precious to, forever, remind Linda that their friendship could and would withstand the hands of time.

During quiet time on an evening walk, Gloria thought of Linda’s love for Dolphins in the deep, blue sea. “Hmmm,” Gloria silently thought, “perhaps I could purchase a lovely necklace or figurine for my friend’s special day.”  Instantly, a bold “Voice” filled her thoughts, “Allow Christ to choose the gift for you.”

In perfect obedience, Gloria no longer took thought to humanly or mentally figure out what gift might be given to bring joy to Linda.  She silenced her thoughts and awaited further spiritual guidance…

Without sound, all-knowingness filled Gloria’s mind. “Write her a personalized fairytale to tell her what her friendship means to you.”  In less than a millisecond, a title appeared in her thoughts.

As Gloria walked, thinking of their friendship, emotion filled her and the tale was written in its entirety before she could return home and sit with pen in hand.

Clearly, if she was speaking the words to Linda, she would say, “I have never had a friend like you. You are forever giving, forever caring, forever loving, and forever loved.”

Her message would continue, “It’s seldom that I don’t have the right words to tell you how much I love you. I can only tell you how fortunate I feel to have you as a friend, someone I know who will never let me down. On your birthday, I just want to tell you that you are very special to me and how grateful I am that we met.”

Sighing as she remembered the countless times, through the years, that Linda had given financial support to Gloria’s ministry, a listening ear, or giving reassurance in Gloria’s growth and isolation, she continued, “I feel fortunate to have you to talk to, so blessed that we’re as close as we are. And no matter what the years may bring for either of us, I know some things will always remain the same.  They are:

Our friendship is special, for you and I share,

A deep understanding that’s precious and rare.

We accept one another as loving friends should,

Overlooking our mistakes and always seeing the good.

We’re there for each other in so many ways,

Encouraging and caring and brightening our days.

Our friendship will always be special to me,

For you’re my precious friend and you always will be.

In closing, Gloria’s gift to Linda would sincerely speak for itself.  “I just wanted to remind you how much I cherish our friendship and to thank you for being such a special person in my life. From my heart, to your heart, I wish you a wonderful birthday. May every wish you have, come true, today and always.”

Thanks for touching my life…

… With love, Gloria D. Benish

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