Today I learned my close friend Earl departed for Heaven early this morning. He had endured a most challenging, long-term illness with much faith, optimism and courage.
Being prompted by the Holy Spirit to call him yesterday, Earl and I talked briefly by phone. He greeted me warmly yet in a very weakened state. During that time, even in his critical condition, we reaffirmed our brotherly love one for another.
Fortunately, I had been able to tell my mom the day before her sudden death just a few months ago that I loved her, not realizing that would be our last earthly conversation. We must never take a divine appointment for granted as it is a precious gift from God to us!
(Reader, should you wish to hear of my friendship with Earl, just blog back to my July 18, 2013 entry.)