Thelma is one of those special friends. We worked closely in the church since both of us enjoyed working in children ministry. We bonded over making crafts and setting up the Sunday School rooms. If a job needed to be done you could count on Thelma. Kids just gravitated to Thelma because she showed so much love towards them. I gravitated to Thelma because she was so special.
There was another special bond that Thelma and I shared...our birthdays. We felt like bosom buddies. Every year we got to share that one special day with each other. I have many precious gifts around my house from her thoughtfulness. She always bought gifts from the heart.
Whenever we go to Ontario my trip home is not complete unless I see my Frankford sisters. So either I invite myself or they come to wherever I am.
And so from many miles away I wake up every morning thinking about Thelma. I start the day with a prayer for her health and that God will give her peace. Throughout the day I continue to pray and just before I fall asleep I pray that she will be able to sleep.
The bible verse that came to mind when Thelma told me what she was going though was Philippians 4:13. I changed it a bit to fit the situation. My version is: "Thelma can do all this through Christ who gives her strength."