Arm & Arm with an Athiest
Today has been interesting. My friend from the pueblo(town) came to see me. I'll call her Ana. I had been watering her plants for her while she was away this summer. She is always calling and and asking if I need anything and I always tell her that I have everything I need for now.
Well, I wanted to help make her feel useful and so I called her last night to see if she would drop by the store today for some ham and cheese. It's for Gaby since she arrives tomorrow. Right now ham and cheese are off limits for me! She was so happy to help and and so at 11:00am she arrives with a delivery. I paid her and then we sat and visited for an hour or so.
I was arriving at my limit for being able to visit -- you know, with the kidney failing and all :) -- and then Ana said "would you like me to help you outside to sit in the sun a bit?" The truth is, it sounded great. It's harder and harder to walk further unattended, and so I took her up on her offer. We left the apartment and walked to the nearest bench in the sun.
As we were walking along, I took in the irony of the situation: I, disciple of Jesus Christ, was walking arm in arm with an atheist. I hunger for God and she wants nothing to do with Him. She makes it very clear. As a matter of fact, she was thrilled because a friend of hers had given her a beautiful Catholic Bible as a gift! And I said "wow that's great!" and she was quick to remind me that she didn't care about it for religious reasons, but rather for the paintings done by Rembrandt all throughout the book. :) I offered to read it with her and we'll see what happens. Hopefully Gaby can step in and continue to water that seed. Ana has a lot of pain in her life, and I pray for her that one day she can know the freedom that there is in Christ.
It would be a beautiful thing to be able to take a stroll with her throughout our pueblo one day, arm in arm, as sisters in Christ.
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