Relationships are the way that two or more people or things are associated, connected or interconnected. Let me tell you how these ladies and I are associated. Virginia, Barbara, and I go back more than thirty-five years. If you think that is long, check this out. Our husbands were neighbors in the 50’s. Their husbands, John and Mayfield were brothers and my Man of God was their neighbor. Not just any neighbors that just live in the same community with little interaction. They attended the same church, where my husband later pastored for thirty years. John was a deacon in this same church. John played the happy birthday song for my husband’s fifth birthday on his trumpet or saxophone. My details may be sketchy, but the relationship was not. And since they are all in heaven, who do I ask? John was paid a whole nickel for providing the entertainment.
Our families have been connected for all these years. We ate at their house and they ate at our house. We even lived with John and Virginia when we were waiting to move into our first house. When Mayfield and Barbara came to town, the Jones’ were always included in the festivities. We were like family and we were intentional. We were chosen as the godparents to John and Virginia’s grandchildren. We have taken this to the next generations. Talk about being intentional.
Now that all three husbands are in heaven, we have remained interconnected and linked as widows. Fabulous widows, If I may say so myself. So, when Barbara came to visit, it was a given that she was at my birthday dinner. And I had to have another gathering with them as we shared in the Always Delicious culinary delights at my house for lunch. We enjoyed a meal of soup and salad. Not just any soup and salad. My famous cabbage soup, made with organic veggies, chicken stock, and my own special seasoning blend. The salad bar consisted of made from scratch fermented salsa, kimchee, relish, honey mustard dressing, croutons, mango peach ham, just to name some. And the crème de la crème was homemade vanilla and strawberry ice cream topped with homemade brownies and caramel sauce. I almost forgot the strawberry lemonade, also known as, a liquid cupcake. Yum. We were filled and satisfied. Good, healthy food fills you and makes you feel good.
God created us for His pleasure. We were fashioned with relationship in mind. Before the world was spoken into existence, God knew that man would sin. But He formed him despite his indiscretion to come. Now that is love.
God uses people to walk out His plan in the earth. As His stellar creation, we are to mimic God in our bonds with family and friends. Intentional relationships are paramount to show God’s loving kindness to those in need of that compassion and touch from God.
Virginia, Barbara, and I have shown ourselves friendly and it has spanned time. But there is another relationship that exceeds all others. There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, Jesus Christ, the righteous. God loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for the entire world. His sacrifice on the cross purchased our freedom from the clutches of hell. Choosing Jesus as Savior and Lord secures our eternity. When we finish our assignments in this realm or when Jesus comes back, we join John, Mayfield and Pastor Jones in heaven, a prepared place for a prepared people.
Harriet Noel Jones