Monday, March 9, 2009

I Miss My Friend

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I miss my friend. My beautiful, incredible, amazing, intelligent, spiritually fragrant friend. I miss Cheryl Albert Reed.  She just passed away last Thursday due to the cancer she was fighting. She was close to my age with a wonderful family, a loving husband and two very precious children. I haven't been the same since that phone call last Thursday and I can't do anything right because all I can think about is Cheryl. Beautiful, inspiring, creative, loving, genuine, sincere Cheryl.  My Pastor told me once- "Don't sing the music, be the music." Such was true in the life of Cheryl Reed. She was the music. A symphony of goodness and grace. I miss my beautiful friend. I should have called more. Done more. Been there more. Demonstrated my heart for her more. If you have a Cheryl Reed in your life, Call. Write. Meet. Encourage. Pray. Support and LOVE her.

Don't wait. Tomorrow could be too late. I'll post again soon. Right now, I'm holding my babies tight.

22 comments:

GrannySmithGreen said...

I right there with you! Hug them tight, and love fearlessly! Tomorrow really may be too late. Try not to feel guilty for what you did not do, but learn from it and have it change your life.

Love fearlessly.

this blessed nest said...

how i know your life was touched by cheryl. in turn, my life was as well. you passing along a quick saying or funny quote, sharing a new song she found. i know she treasured you and your friendship. i also know, she was and is so proud of you looking down from sweet heaven.
like i said earlier, you must write her kids a letter. only you could tell them how much of an impact she had on so many. and what her friendship meant to you and many others.
love and miss you bunches.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

So sorry about your friend. We never know what God has in store for our lives, so that is so true about what you said about calling a friend, etc. Never wait to do something, because it could be too late. I am wondering how your event was on March 1st. I can't wait to hear about it. Love & blessings from NC!

Jodee Leader said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jo said...

Your thoughts are so true. Life is such a short journey and the path is never clearly seen. We can only try our best and make the most of each moment as it presents itsself. Regrets only take from the happy memories so, smile at the happy times you shared and focus on the life lessons you learned from your dear friend.

Jo

Valerie said...

Sebi, the sadness in your heart is evident in your post. I am so sorry for your loss. May you take solace in the fact that Cheryl is now with our Heavenly Father, whole again, and watching over her family and friends from Heaven. Allow yourself to grieve, but also rejoice in the fact that you were honored and blessed to get to be her friend!

Kass said...

So sorry for the loss of your pearl. Your pastor sounds like a very wise man. Be the music...lovely

Raining Pearls said...

My thoughts are with you. I know I will appreciate my Cheryl Reed's a lot more. We know have one more angel in Heavean.

Preppy Mama said...

So sorry for your loss. I'll hug my loves tight and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Mom on the Run said...

One of my very best friends just passed away exactly a month ago. She had been fighting cancer but kept it a secret from all but her family. I feel like my heart is broken, but I almost feel guilty that I feel so bad because it is so much worse for her husband, two sons and daughter and as her friend I feel like I should be doing more for them. It is hard and there is a hole there.

pve design said...

Knowing how loved your friend Cheryl, should give you comfort. I too have a dear friend who has blessed my life as well as others. Her tenacity, her spirit, her resilience amaze each of us. We are all in awe of what she has endured, like a pearl, that little itty bit of sand
has produced a pearl, that she is and we are full of grace for witnessing her. I know my life has changed because of her. Knowing this, makes it easier for me.
But when that day arrives, we will miss our friend but I know she will realize the true Glory beyond which we all hope for.
Keep shining brightly. Light today for tomorrow.
pve

Lauren said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Hugs,
Lauren

3 Peanuts said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I can only imagine the ache of your heart. I will pray for you. I like the idea someone had of writing her children a letter stating how she touched your life. they will cherish that.

Kim

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I am SO SO sorry.

BLC :o said...

Bless your heart. You and her family are in my prayers. Xoxo-BLC

queenie said...

Sebi, I miss her too!!!
I hope you will remember me. I am Cheryl's friend Kellye (Queenie) and my heart is broken too.
Unfortunately, I was never notified of Cheryl's passing. I called Marcus yesterday (3/23/09) to check on her and tell her I love her and that's when he gave me the news. He thought I already knew. I missed the service...I missed everything. I called a few times in the last 6 weeks and she was never available to talk. But I had no idea that she was so far along. My heart is breaking. I'm glad that she's no longer in pain. I'm glad that she is free and present with the Lord. But still I miss her so much. Just about everything reminds me of her. I will miss so many parts of my friendship with her. I remember that she wanted the two of us to connect. For years she's mentioned you and how much she loves you and your miraculous family. I look forward to staying in touch. My email address is Queenie@ImLovingMe.com. May God continue to bless you and your family. Big Hugs, Queenie

HappyascanB said...

Just stumbled on your blog, and it's beautiful! I lost a dear friend to cancer a little over a year ago. She was 27. Too young. She also was the music! We celebrate her memory everyday. Hope God's bringing you comfort as you need it!

♥Aubrey said...

I wish you the best during this tough time right now. Losing a loved one is never easy. Remember the good times and keep them in your heart.

Domestic Diva said...

Lots of Love your way!!

Barbra said...

I am very sorry for the loss of your friend. I know what a big hole that must have left in your life. I have one of those holes too, I lost my best friend, Patty Kiel, to colon cancer on Nov 22, 2009. She was a ray of sunshine and a beacon of hope to the lives of all who knew her, and it sounds like Carol was that ray of light as well. I miss my friend too, so I will pray for God to bless you as you suffer through her loss.

phatcheex said...

Cheryl was my boss when I worked at AIU. Someone mentioned a Chai Latte and it made me think of her. Turns out this is about the time she died 4 years ago. She will always be missed. I am so blessed to have had such a phenomenal woman in my life.

phatcheex said...

Cheryl was my boss when I worked at AIU. Someone mentioned a Chai Latte and it made me think of her. Turns out this is about the time she died 4 years ago. She will always be missed. I am so blessed to have had such a phenomenal woman in my life.