Best Friends by Barb Witt

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

(Psalm 94:19 ESV)

Bonnie and Caroline burst into Edna’s room. If they weren’t such good friends, she’d have been very angry. But truth was, she needed them just now. She hadn’t been able to eat much since the accident. She hadn’t slept well either. She couldn’t even find the strength to climb out of bed.

“Honey, you need to get out of that bed. You’ve been in there way too long,” Caroline said as she peeked at her under the covers where Edna had buried her head.

“Yeah, you’re pretty ripe. You need a shower girlfriend,” Bonnie held her nose.

Edna couldn’t help but burst out in laughter. She sat up laughing and crying at the same time, She threw her legs over the side of the bed, and her friends hugged her.

As all three blubbered and caterwauled loudly, the nurse ran in the door. “Is everything all right in here?” she asked, looking at the three women sitting on the bed with their arms around each other.

“Yeah, we’re okay,” Caroline said through sniffs and snorts while wiping her eyes on a tissue.

“Nurse, Ms. Edna here could sure use a shower, can you help her with that? We’ll change her sheets while you take care of her, okay?” Bonnie held her nose again.

“I’d be happy to,” the nurse said with a grin.  “Come on, Edna, let’s get you cleaned up.” She got Edna’s walker and helped her into the bathroom.

When she was all cleaned up, Edna opened the bathroom door to a freshly made bed and a TV tray with a plate of eggs and bacon, toast, and a cup of steaming coffee. Bonnie and Caroline stood behind her chair, smiling at her as only her two best friends could.

“Come on, Edna, sit down and have some breakfast,” Caroline said.

“Yeah, we made it just for you.” Bonnie snorted a laugh.  “Not! We got it from the cafeteria.”

Edna sat down, smiling as she looked at the feast in front of her. Suddenly her tummy growled loud and long. “Oh my! I must be hungry after all,” she exclaimed.

“We’re really sorry about your granddaughter, Edna,” Caroline said. “We know how close you two were. She was so young.”

“Yeah, it’s such a shame,” said Bonnie. “Drunk driving should be against the law.”

That made Edna and Caroline laugh.

“Yes, it is a shame,” Edna said. “She was on her way home from college for a long weekend visit with her parents and out of nowhere another car T-Boned her. The paramedics tried to save her, but it just wasn’t meant to be.” Tears rolled down Edna’s cheeks as she thought about her granddaughter. Such a lovely girl. “But I do know that I’ll see her again when I get to heaven. And that’s something I can look forward to. And I know she wouldn’t want me sitting here moping either. I will miss her. A lot. And I have my memories to cherish.” Edna wiped away the tears.

After Edna finished her breakfast she grinned at her friends. “Okay, girls, let’s go see what mischief we can get into today.”

Bonnie and Caroline laughed, and said in unison, “All right! Let’s go, girlfriend!”

They all walked out the door talking and laughing and Edna whispered a prayer, “Thank You,  Lord for these friends. And please say ‘Hello’ to my granddaughter. Tell her I can’t wait to see her again.”

Best Friends (© Barb Witt 1/7/2020)

And now we pray…

Lord, thank You for Your comfort which comes in many forms. One of the best is through our friends. Thank You for the strength of friendships and for the support they give. Thank You for everything.

In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.

Be a Blessing to Someone Every Day by Barb Witt

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NASB)

Edna sat rocking in her chair. Eyes closed. A smile on her face. She was reliving her grandson’s graduation. He was only allowed two guests, and her daughter-in-law had generously opted to let Edna go in her place. She said she could watch it on TV. They were airing the graduation on YouTube, whatever that was. Edna had taken many pictures of him with her phone. She couldn’t wait to show Bonnie and Caroline. Preston had looked so handsome in his cap and gown. He had the most precious smile.

As Edna flipped through the pictures on her phone, a knock sounded on her door. The familiar “Ready or not, here we come” sounded from the other side. Then the door burst open to smiles and laughter of her dear friends, Bonnie and Caroline. She laughed as they both tried to wedge through the door at the same time, got stuck, had to back out and argue about who was going in first. Then Bonnie stuck her head in the door as Edna’s laughter caused tears to roll down her face.

“Uh oh,” Bonnie said. “What’s wrong? Are you upset?” That made Edna laugh even harder and she couldn’t talk.

Caroline came in behind Bonnie, and said, “What happened? You okay?”

 Finally, Edna got control of herself and said, as clearly as she could while still laughing, “Yes, I’m fine. You two just crack me up.” Another gale of laughter filled the room.

Bonnie and Caroline plunked down on Edna’s bed and watched her for a minute, then started giggling and then burst out into roars of laughter right along with her.

When everyone had settled down and stopped laughing long enough to form words clearly, Edna said, “Hello, my friends. It’s wonderful to see you both today.”

“Well, it’s good to be seen,” Bonnie replied.

 “It’s very nice to see you, too, Edna. And I’m happy you get to see me as well.”  Caroline glanced mischievously at Edna, which made her laugh again, causing the cycle of laughter to start up all over again.

The nurse stuck her head in the door and asked, “Is everything all right in here?” Which caused more laughter. As the nurse watched them, she said, “Um, I think you all are having way too much fun in here. I’m going back to my station now. Don’t hurt anything, okay?”

They finally all calmed down. Edna passed bottles of water to her friends and took one for herself, then she waved her phone in the air. “I went to my grandson, Preston’s, graduation last night. I have pictures!”

“We want to see!” Bonnie and Caroline said, in unison. They pulled two chairs from the tiny dining room table and sat on either side of Edna’s rocking chair.

 “Oh, look at him,” Bonnie said. “He’s so handsome.”

Caroline nodded in agreement. “Don’t they always look so nice in caps and gowns?”

“School wasn’t easy for him, but he made it. He wants to be a mechanic and work on engines, not just cars, all kinds of engines and motors. He works for a shop now, and they are teaching him a lot, and he’s going to a trade school to learn the things his boss can’t teach him. He wants to own his own shop one day. We’re very proud of him.”

“That’s a great profession. People always need auto mechanics,” Bonnie said.

 “Is he interested in working on train engines?” Caroline asked. “And airplanes. To me those would be fascinating.”

Edna shrugged, “Well, I’m not sure if he’ll specialize in one thing. I think he wants to leave his options open, at least for a while.”

“Now that’s smart,” Bonnie said. Caroline nodded in agreement.

Edna put her phone away and stood up, “Well, girls, I believe it’s almost lunch time. Let’s walk down to the cafeteria for a bite, then play a couple of hands of cards. Sound good?”

Bonnie and Caroline jumped up and slid their chairs back under the table. Edna grabbed her walker and they all exited, single file, out the door. As they strolled toward the cafeteria, Edna said, “You know, I sure am glad God brought you both into my life. I don’t know what I’d have done without you.”

Caroline nudged her shoulder. “Aww, we’re glad He brought you to us, too. We have a lot of fun together.”

“Yeah, you’d probably just be sitting all by yourself in your room, wishing you had two beautiful and glamorous old ladies to hang out with.” Bonnie fluffed her hair and grinned at Edna and Caroline.

The pair looked at each other and started laughing. Again. The three of them laughed all the way to the cafeteria.

(© Barb Witt 6/6/2020)

And now, we pray…

Lord, having friends to fellowship with and to spend time with is a blessing, indeed. We thank You for that blessing. Allow us to always have good friends and be good friends, sharing Your love and, yes, laughter, with those we come in contact with. You are amazing and we thank You for everything. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.

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Be Courageous by Barb Witt

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV)

Edna was nervous. It had been a long time since she was in front of an audience. She had been practicing but was still a bit rusty. She didn’t want to disappoint anyone. These were her friends. She sighed deeply and got up to finish getting ready. This was the big day. One she had looked forward to and dreaded at the same time.

Just then, a knock sounded on her door and Bonnie and Caroline bellowed, “Ready or not, here we come!” as they burst into Edna’s room. She smiled. She loved these two. They filled her days with joy and she never knew what would come out of their mouths.

Bonnie stared at her friend. “Wow! Don’t you look nice.”

“Yeah, you got a hot date or something?” Caroline asked as she grinned at Edna.

Of course not, silly.” Edna giggled nervously under her breath.

“Oh, I know,” said Bonnie, “It’s your ‘debut’ at the Chapel today.”

Caroline chimed in.  “I had forgotten about that. You’re playing the piano for church service today. That’s why you’ve been practicing all week, right?”

Edna’s cheeks warmed. “Yes, that’s right. I’m really nervous about it. I used to play all the time, but it’s been a few years. Maybe I should just be sick today and not go.”

“Oh, no you don’t,” Bonnie and Caroline said at the same time.

“Now Edna,” Bonnie said, “Your God given talent is needed today. You don’t want to let everyone down, do you?”

Caroline got Edna’s sweater and shoes from the closet and held them out. “Time to put on the sweater of courage, and the shoes of strength,”

As Edna slipped her arms in the sweater and her feet in the shoes, she smiled at her friends. “You two keep me going. I thank God for you every day. You help me do things I haven’t done in many years because I was afraid. Through you, God has shown me that I can still share His love and do what He wants me to do.” A tear rolled down her cheek, and Bonnie and Caroline looked at her and smiled their beautiful smiles.

Then Bonnie said, “Ok, do you have everything you need? Music, a water bottle? Anything else you need?”

“Well, I do need my walker. And I have my two best friends. And I know God is walking beside me, too. What else could I need?”

As they reached the door, Caroline exclaimed, “How about your glasses? You might want to read the music, unless you have it all memorized.”

Edna stopped mid-step, looked at Caroline and burst out laughing, “My glasses would indeed be an important item. Can you please get them off my bedside table?”

Caroline zipped back into the room, procured the glasses, and they all headed to chapel, chatting excitedly as they went.

And now, we pray…

Lord, sometimes we need encouragement from others. We get nervous and afraid and doubt ourselves a lot. Please help us to help others find their courage and know that anything done for You and Your glory is worth the knot in the belly we sometimes feel. Thank You for everything.

In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN!

Be Courageous (© Barb Witt 2/18/2020)

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.