My Friend Jean

This last Sunday, my husband and I had the privilege of visiting with a long-time friend, Jean and her husband Chuck. She is nine years older than me. We met years ago when we were attending the same church. Years later she came to work for my husband and kept the men on the straight and narrow. They lovingly called her “Mean-Jean”.

She was a woman I always looked up to…I still do.

Jean and Chuck

We knew that recently she’d been through some rough times physically, but when we heard she’d entered hospice at home we were clueless and shocked. So we finally “got together” like we always kept saying we would do. It was a sweet time of reminiscing.

Even though she is weak, her faith is strong. She calmly acknowledged that she knows her days are numbered by her God.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

She stated she has no fear.

I actually have hoped and prayed that I might respond in a similar manner when my time comes.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

That’s what I saw…a beautiful trust in her loving Heavenly Father…and that peace that speaks louder than any street preacher on a corner.

We prayed together…for strength for Jean and Chuck. She is weak and coming to the end of those numbered days. Soon she will be in the presence of her Savior. She is wise enough to not accuse Him of wrongdoing.

Mean Jean…I actually never remember a minute that she was ever mean!

Factual yes, honest, yes…but never mean.

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain,

for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Revelation 21:4-5a

Please join me in praying for our beloved Jean!