When I spent a week with my friend Sara in April, I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime gift. But now I know it's at least a twice-in-a-lifetime treasure, because I'm back in Iowa with her. And while I wish it were under very different circumstances, I am so glad I'm here with her again.
Some of you already know Sara (aka Gitz). Those of you who don't... should take some time to get to know her. She is an amazing woman... an incredible friend... and the most Christ-like person I know.
Sara just reminds me of Jesus.
She is sacrificially loving. She gives without limit. Even when she is broken and hurting, she thinks only of others. Her heart overflows with the goodness of God's own heart.
I am so thankful for every moment I get with her.
Sara's father passed away very suddenly this past weekend. Because her chronic illness has left her homebound, she is unable to go to the funeral or be with her entire family.
So family came to her.
When I arrived yesterday, I wrapped my arms around Sara and we just cried together. I told her it wasn't just a hug from me, but from her entire online family. I'm here loving her the best I can on behalf of all of her friends who can't be here. ...Her family around the world who is hurting with her and loving her deeply.
Sara is so grateful for your love and prayers. She feels them! She keeps saying how rich her life is in friendship. That she is loved so well and cared for by so many, and it makes the world of difference to her.
Watching the outpouring of love on Sara right now is so beautiful. Thank you. Really.
Many of you have asked about tangible ways to help. Due to her severe allergies, it's important that you don't send flowers, food, or anything perfumed. I do know of some things you could send, though, so please let me know if you'd like to do anything. Even just taking the time to write her a note would mean a lot.
I'm thankful we all have this opportunity to care for Sara in even a fraction of the way she's cared for us. To be there for her like she's been there for so many. To love her loudly, like she's shouted her love for her friends with every fiber of her being.
And I'm thankful y'all are here in Iowa with me this week. Because you are. And it means so much to Sara.
And to me.
one of Sara's beautiful creations