Just Be Real shared a quote on her blog about how God is always with us. And also how painful it is when someone minimizes our pain and how healing it is when someone sits with you in the dark and sees you through it. In my comment on her blog, I shared how my spiritual director helped me and sat with me through the dark times.
We all need someone like that. We need someone who listens and accepts us unconditionally. It is a gift that is priceless.
Sometimes we are blessed with brief encounters. Someone who enters our lives for just a short period but who still makes a difference. At the time, we may not even realize it, but then we look back and we see.
I do not remember a lot of my teachers when I was growing up but I remember my first grade teacher. She was everything a first grade teacher should be. She was kind and soft spoken and caring.
At the end of the school year, she invited my best friend and me to her house for lunch one day during the summer. We were so excited!!
She didn't invite anyone else from our class. My friend and I (yes, we are still best friends!!) often remember that day and wonder why she only invited us. Did she see my pain and loneliness?
I don't know. I will never know. But I have never forgotten that day. Someone cared enough to make me feel special. Thank you, Lord.