Life's twists and turns inevitably lead to the end of the journey. We say goodbye this week to my aunt, Judie Cockrell Elliott. Her long battle with MS and poor health is over.
We will remember Judie as a loving, generous, fun-filled and appreciative friend. We will remember her almost daily phone calls to us about soap operas, family, computer troubles, the latest and greatest health fads, John Hagee and Charles Stanley sermons, recipes, her dogs, the day's events, plans and hopes.
We will remember the last few years' struggle to reach for a word or thought, undergo three knee surgeries (among others), deal with seizures and trying to keep her balance. These were not good times by any calculation. Pain was her constant companion and nemesis.
So we close this year with a looming sadness and resolve to start the new year with a renewed commitment to hold family and friends a little tighter and longer.
May God so grace us in 2007 as we thank Him for the relationships that matter the most.