Hiking and Saying Goodbye

This Tuesday, a good friend from church passed away suddenly. I was shocked and devastated. It didn’t seem real. I just saw her on Sunday. This woman was an integral part of our church revival. She always served with a smile. Only a couple of years ago, our church faced closing it’s doors because of financial problems. She was one of the congregants that rolled up her sleeves and said, “No way!” Like many, she gave her time, paid a church bill now and then and helped keep the church alive. We are growing again and she was a BIG part of that.

I have been crying on and off since the news. On Wednesday, I just had to get out of the house. So up the hill behind the house I went. I think I was trying to get nearer to heaven so I could say goodbye to my friend. When someone leaves you so suddenly and there are no goodbyes, it leaves a bit of a hole. I got to the top of the hill, had another cry and said goodbye. I love hiking here in SLO, there are so many great trails. The views are stunning. One day soon I hope, the hills will be green again (come on rain!). Being at the top was freeing, serene. I could breathe deep and relax. Felt everything would be ok and that my friend would be smiling and laughing in heaven with her loved ones. That is my prayer.

So, my friends, please tell your loved ones how much you love them, your friends how much you appreciate them and give a smile to a total stranger. And, if you can, go for a hike, it will feed your soul. #LetsGoSLO

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