Rest in peace, Cindy …

Today I learned of the passing of my good friend, Cindy.  Years ago, I wrote this meditation for “The Donut Theory.” Today, I dedicate it to Cindy … Rest dear Friend, free of pain …


A Friend

God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts. Job 35:10

“A friend is someone who knows your song
and sings it to you when you have forgotten it.”
(Source unknown)

My co-worker, Cindy, and I seem to be on the same frequency so often. I’ll be thinking about something, and she’ll begin to talk about the same subject. But what is even more fun is when someone says something and both of us will break out into the same song. I’m only good for the first line, but it breaks up the moment with a little laughter.

It’s also good that Cindy can read my mood. She seems to know when I’m stressed out and doesn’t hesitate to ask, “Okay, what’s going on?” Sometimes it is something going on with one of my adult kids, and because she, too, has an adult child, she takes time to listen and will offer to pray about the situation.

I am privileged to work in an environment where co-workers easily become friends. I spend more daytime hours with my co-workers than with my other friends. Friends in the office know what it’s like to be a church employee and check on each other to make sure no one is a little too generous with their time or being taken advantage of by someone like a committee person who never gets the report in on time to copy before their next meeting.

A friend will jump in and say, “Let me do this for you so you can finish the newsletter.”
I’ve worked in the secular world, and even though I enjoyed the working relationships I formed, they were not like my faith partners in the office.

Dear Lord, thank you for putting Cindy in the office next to mine to help me balance my day. Amen

And, Dear Lord, thank you for a wonderful friend. She was looking forward to meeting you, her best friend. Amen

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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