A great many of you have been concerned about Treena and have reached out to me over the past two weeks with such loving kindness and support.
Let me put it in her words, because it is so much like her. “I am going to have tea and eggs with Jesus”.
At 2016 hours PST on 17 September 2015, she left with that intent.
A little background may help. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any ‘man’ hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and have ‘tea and eggs’ with her and she with me.” (TREENA’S version with, hopefully, the LORD’S permission)
As I write this it is almost two weeks since I find myself alone in almost exactly 60 years. I am now aware of how much of my thinking and caring life has been wrapped up in her. I have loved this extraordinary woman since I was eleven years of age, when we met at school in England. There is very little to remember about my life that does not include her.
As a result there is a HUGE gap and a feeling of being ’empty’ and at the same time as though I am ‘falling’. Our shared faith allows me to prayerfully ask to be both ‘filled’ and ‘caught’. For this to happen, I believe, will take time that cannot be rushed.
And so I wait in the strong belief that I too will see the ‘goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’.
The end of a life has a wonderful way of drawing attention to the issues that really matter to us as individual humans and to set aside things of mere passing distraction. I hope to be able to focus a good deal of my remaining life trying to understand how best to live beyond my own immediate self-interest. I do hope to do this in the company of others who feel, as Treena did, that this is a great need in our troubled world.
You are welcome to join me as I ‘blog’ my way upstream in search of resilience for all creation.
It’s a common good that we can do in common.
Thank you for your love…Upstreaming on purpose.