Some weeks ago when I was walking to church I was greeted by a neighbor and her dog. We see each other most mornings when I set out for my daily walk, and when she oh so patiently takes her elderly Bassett Hound, Elly, who moves slower than a slug, on her stroll. Denise rescued the dog quite a few years back and she has told me how when her rescue dog first came to live with her, Elly was very frightened of people. Since then she’s made good strides in trust. Elly and I have a good thing going. When she sees me coming she even picks up her pace and now walks toward me. It wasn’t like that from the beginning.
That day Denise asked me if I was on my way to church since weeks previously I had told her walking to church is all part of my Sunday morning routine. “Yes,” I said, “I am.”
“Will you do me a favor?” Asked Denise.
“Sure,” I said, not knowing what was she as going to ask.
Will you pray for my friend Sam, he is having surgery tomorrow. “Sure,” I said.
During the Sunday service the Pastor asked for joys and prayer concerns. I repeated Denise’s request, saying “I don’t know Sam but let’s give him prayers.”
As I sat and listened to the plea from the pastor to watch over Sam during his surgery, I thought what a good reminder Denise is for me in several ways. Denise’s patience with her ole girl Elly is a reminder that everyone moves at their own pace, and to have compassion and kindness towards it.
Secondly, Denise’s request to pray for her friend called attention to the importance of praying not only for myself but also for others. After all, isn’t that what being a friend is all about – sharing and caring for both the neighbor and stranger going through life?