To love when it hurts so bad and opting out would be so much easier.

Based on a true story.

Lindsey was a close childhood friend of many years. Although Erin and Lindsey only saw each other a few times a year they stayed faithful friends. Lindsey and her family had moved two months ago to sunny California. There was a job opportunity available for Bill her husband and they jumped on it. Bills mother Celia still lived in Denver and her memory loss had been an issue for a time.

Bill called on Erin concerned because his mom seemed to be declining. He asked her if she would be willing to stop in and check on his mother a couple of times per week. He was willing to pay $50 a week, to do so. Lindsey opted to stay out of the agreement between Erin and Bill. Lindsey had cared for Celia's business dealings over the years and Erin knew she was all to happy to let this go into her husbands hands.

Erin felt that this offer was truly a God send. She sincerely wished she did not need to take the money but the opportunity came at a very difficult time in their lives. What harm could come from stepping in a couple of times per week and check on dear Celia? Erin had known Celia through the years and found her to be a spunky, tiny woman full of life, giving and kind. Celia was no larger then a minute. She was a wee 4''5" and all of 90 pounds. She took good care of herself and dressed with class and dignity. She was a wise and smart woman and a delight to speak with. Celia had lost her job over a year ago. The large retail corporation asked her to resign saying her memory was getting to be an issue. Celia flat out denied this notion and managed to fight it for a time. The whole idea infuriated her and she gave the company a run for their money. After all she was a dedicated, dependable, honest employee for 12 years. She rarely missed a day and worked extra hours and holidays regardless of her 78 years of age. She could run circles around many of the younger ones. She took her position in the jewelry department very seriously. She was a star employee and loved by all, except corporate. The company finally made her a ridiculously small offer to leave.

Celia had lost her husband 14 years ago and moved on in life, full throttle. Her two sons and only grandson lived near and for her that was a reason to keep on and live. Celia started going to church and met a host of woman and men who loved the Lord. She was born into the family of God, saved and had the light of Jesus Christ in her.

Erin spoke with Celia at Bill and Lynsey's going away party. Celia had brought her home made pies pecan. lemon chiffon and apple. She was quite the cook and baker and went to extra lengths to prepare the best. Erin did notice a few moments of repeated questions but took it lightly. She believed it to be normal given Celia's age. Erin detected a grave sadness in Celia's pale blue eyes. Not only was her son moving with his wife but her only grandson was moving along with them. Landon was her pride and joy. Celia and her husband nearly raised him when he was young while the parents worked. Now he was 24 years old, strong and extremely handsome. He wanted to check out sunny California with his parents. Celia was a trooper and stood tall but Erin could see she was lonesome for them already. Erin gave Celia her phone number and told her to call if she ever needed anything and promised to stop in to visit when she could.

Erin had managed one visit since the move. To her surprise and delight Celia had made a new friend. Erin was extremely grateful because it helped to ease her guilt feelings for not stopping in sooner. A woman and her boyfriend had moved into the apartment building over a month ago. She was about Erin's age and was willing to help Celia with anything since she was not working. Erin met her briefly when she stopped for a visit and felt the woman was very fond of Celia and more then willing to befriend and help her. Erin was not convinced of her motives but kept to herself. Celia was surely competent to discern and Erin was not about to open a can of worms and make judgment, yet.

Knocking on Heavens door.

He carries us when we cannot stand.
He carries us when we cannot stand. | Source

God, the only guarantee.

Little did Erin know that her life was about to change. God had called on her to help Celia and for that Erin was sure. Michael, Erin's husband knew better then Erin that this was going to be a huge challenge, indeed. Most times Gods work is not easy. Fortunately our Gracious God tells us that the day will have enough cares of its own and not to worry about tomorrow. There is not a much better way to take one from self or self pity or self seeking motives then to help another. Erin's difficulties were not staring her in the face now. God in His grace was taking care of those difficulties and placed Erin in another position for His purpose and Glory. Erin had her hands full. Not only did Celia have a memory lapse known as dementia she liked her zinfandel wine, allot.There were days Erin would find her precious friend inebriated with Celia's new found friend in the apartment.

Alcohol expedited the illness and before long Erin was now Celia's legal guardian. There were days Erin wanted to quit this job.The money stopped long ago. Money would not pay enough she thought. She wanted to tear out her hair on many days. Denial was a main symptom of all Celia's problems. Yet she would give one the shirt from her back if she like you. Her heart was warm and big as long as no one told her she was ill. Erin was given a gift of discernment and Celia held Erin in high respect and regard. That was a huge Blessing and Erin knew it was nothing she did. It was everything God did.

Soon Celia was in an assisted living home and urging Erin to get her home to her apartment. She was capable and more then able to manage everything. Celia gained some much needed weight. Soon she forgot how many days she had been there. She never forgot that zinfandel wine though and always urged Celia to bring her a glass or two or three. On occasion Erin would take Celia to lunch and let her indulge in a glass. Celia was not to tell anyone but she forgot. Oh boy the two of them got into big trouble with the Medicate System, Doctors and Celia's two sons. The girls laughed like small children. Over a glass of wine, they chuckled.

The assist living lasted for six months until the team decided Celia got lost one to many times. Celia had walked to WalMart, loaded her cart to the nines and took her check book along. She did not sign out. She was gone for hours. Erin was called and when she got to the assist living Celia had just returned. She had pushed that cart over one mile, full to the brim on a cool, crisp and windy March day. That little lady spent close to $300 she did not have, on little stuff like paper, pens, stuffed bears, and easter items for children. Oh that was a huge fiasco for Erin to repair. Her sons were not at all happy to cough up money for their moms whim so her rent would be covered.

Soon after Celia's youngest son and family returned. 'Not a moment to late,' thought Erin. She was all to grateful to hand Celia to her son. Her life seemed like a mesh of craziness over the last 14 months. God had carried her, Erin was eternally grateful for Celia. Her wisdom and humor was a beautiful gift to behold. Erin was truly Blessed and honored to love this spunky, tiny, powerhouse of a woman and to be loved like a princess by Celia. Gods hand was on these two. He had it all covered.

You will get chills! Halleluiah.

The gift.

Erin pushed the button on the hospital elevator. She chuckled. Oh my did we go through a few 'pickles', she thought. She knew this would be her last visit. Celia got pneumonia in the nursing home and it did not get better. The Doctors told the family it would not be long. Erin's heart fell to her tummy. Celia was a dear and special friend, an angel and a sister in Christ and much like the mother she lost 28 years ago. Celia lost a daughter to a sudden illness. Her daughter was only 12. Erin was the same age today as Celia's daughter would be. God put these two together to give to them a love that no one else could dream up except Almighty God. They knew it and the love between them grew in the love of Jesus Christ. There were days they would spend hours hours talking about Jesus. Celia knew her Lord God loved her. She knew she would depart to Heaven. She knew she would see her beloved daughter and husband again. Erin was so happy for her, she was going to depart this planet to be with Jesus. She fought the good fight. She kept on and on. She took no regards that it was her strength but the strength of Her Savior. Erin would dearly miss her precious friend and would see her again. The peace of God was on her.

Erin walked in to see a new room mate. A heavy set woman was in the bed next to her Celia. She was swearing like a drunken sailor. Anyone that walked by was attacked by her vile mouth. Erin found it hard to believe a woman this age was so hardened. She glanced into Erin's eyes and Erin startled nearly tripped backward over a chair.' Watch your step child. You will fall all over the sick and dying.' Erin pulled the curtain between the beds.

Her precious Celia looked so very tiny. Erin reached for her hand and squeezed it tight. 'Hi angel, it is me Erin.' Celia opened her eyes and smiled. Her little fingers gripped Celia's. Erin thought she may loose it there, in a bucket of tears. Her legs were shaky. She quickly pulled up a chair. Celia drifted. Erin whispered prayers at the bed side. When Celia opened her eyes Erin asked her what Psalm she would like to hear. To her amazement Celia spoke, "Psalm 91" Erin knew this was God. Tears glided down her cheeks and into her blouse while she read. Celia reached up and said, ' do not cry, I will be with the Lord. I am not afraid.' Holding back tears Erin pulled out Celia's favorite lotion Jasmine and rubbed it onto Celia's little legs, arms and hands. Celia drifted again. Erin sat dazed for what seemed like only minutes but looking at her clock an hour had past. Celia opened her eyes. Erin whimpered, 'I love you tiny lady, I gotta go now. I will see you soon'' Celia whispered, ' I love you my child go now to take care of your family.'

Erin's body was similar to a wet noodle. She pulled open the curtain. The mouthy woman blurted out, 'Can this Jesus help me?' 'Why yes I believe He can,' whispered Erin while heading out the door. She felt like she was standing and a large hand was holding her in place at the door way. 'Child do not talk so soft, I am an old woman. I want you to tell me about this Jesus. I want what she has. She has hope and I have none. I am dying so is she, she has hope. I want hope.'

Erin pulled up a chair and not real thrilled to do so. 'Lord I need to get out of here,' she thought. Stopped in her thoughts, Erin asked the Lord to forgive her. 'This woman needs to get out of here, saved and not doomed to the pit of hell.' After an hour of sharing the Love of Jesus Christ, May Louise accepted Jesus Christ into her heart as Lord and Saviour of her life. May Louise was now born again and a Child of Almighty God. May Louise wanted to be Baptized. Erin said she would find the chaplain. The nurses assured Erin the Chaplain would be up soon. Erin went to the room again and told May Louise she would be Baptized soon. Erin hugged May Louise then walked to give her precious Celia another kiss on the cheek. Celia opened her eyes and smiled. She had a tear in each eye. She knew.

Sometimes we are put in difficult situations. Gods children are not promised an easy life with no obstacles. We will have unfavorable situations to face. Think about Jesus. He went out of His way for all sinners. He came for all of the WORLD. John 3:16 We are all sinners, every last one of us. Jesus Christ came for each one of us. Children of God are to commissioned to proclaim the Gospel message. We got Him we received Him, we were pulled from the pits on earth to hell and were saved through Jesus Christ. We have the assurance of Eternal Life In the Glory of Christ. We are saved from our sin and made righteous by the Blood of Jesus, who died a brutal and horrid death for us on Calvary. 'Jesus overcame for US.' John 16:33

Erin's precious Celia passed on about a week later in her sleep. The silver cord was severed. Ecclesiasties 12:6 Celia is now with Jesus Christ. Erin will know her in Heaven. Erin called the nurses station the evening she left Celia's side. May Louise had been water Baptized and proclaimed her faith in Jesus an hour after Erin left. 'She seems like a new woman,' the nurse told her. 'She no longer swears at the nurses. In fact it was like she put on a new set of pajamas. She was ALL heart.'

There is one that can fix a broken heart or heal a broken leg. He is Jesus Christ. No one goes to the Father God except through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 If you do not know Him it is not to late. Do not be to late.

God is Love beyond Reason. He works in all concerned. Our Sovereign Lord. He knows what He does. How could one deny His Holy and Glorious Name? Oh, Wondrous, Eternal God; The Prince of Peace. The Light. Breath of Living Water. 'The Way, The Truth and The Life.' John 14:6 Oh, Praise to the King of Kings.

John 3:16 Romans 10::9-10

May God Bless you and make His face to shine favor on you and yours. Love, Skye

I left you a video above to listen too. You will indeed be blessed. In Honor and gratitude to my dear and precious Celia and all Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

© Copyright 2011 Skye Tudae

More by this Author

Comments 41 comments

skye2day profile image

skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Diane awwww..thank you precious woman for your kudos. I am touched. This is a true story. My dear friend has passed to heaven. One day I will see her again. She was the biggest pain but the most special and dearest woman. Joy to your work as well. Keep em coming Diane. Love, Skye

Diane Woodson profile image

Diane Woodson 3 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

I love this, you are a really great writer honey. Oh I will be reading your Hubs as well, having a great afternoon and hope you are too. TY Sister. TY it brings joy to read your work.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Michael-Milec bro how nice to see you in the neighborhood. You are precious Michael. This is a true story I am Erin. It is only by the grace of God bro that I pressed forward. Because he loved us first amen we too can love. I so miss Celia she was a dear heart so full of compassion and vigor!! I will see her one day in Heaven. Praise to God for the hope we have in him!! Our Almighty God, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, King of Kings. I hope to read a hub from you soon! May each day be filled in the love of Christ in triumphant victory for you Michael. your sista in Christ. Love, Skye

Michael-Milec profile image

Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hello skye2day

This is more than a story, more than an ' earthly beings '...this is LOVE manifested,the very nature of the God expressed genuinely by His possesion - jouisance on this planet of Earth.

Thank you blessing of God. Great inspiration , persuasive enough to change a heart at any level of sufficiency .

... You've show us the greatness of God in seemingly small things.

Up& awesome .


onlooker 4 years ago

skye, thank you. The lord works in wondrous ways. He is with us always. I will cherish this beautiful true story of friends, companionship, bravery and kindness. Thank you, once again.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Rolly A Chabot AAAAhhhh Thank You Bro. Hugs from Rocky Mountains.

Rolly A Chabot profile image

Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Love you as always... You have a special gift....

Hugs from Canada

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

stars439 aaaahh Thank you precious brother for coming and visiting. I am honored by your presence. Hugs to all.

stars439 profile image

stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful story dear heart, and God Bless You, and your wonderful family.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Back at you my brother, Love ya in Christ Jesus. your sista

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

kebennett1 i think i lost first comment back to you? My prayers go to you sister. Our Lord will wrap His big arms around you in this time of suffering. Stay under His Wings. OK It is difficult for the ones left on planet earth. We have the assurance we will see our loved ones again. That is so awesome, indeed. It helps to soften the pain. May God keep you in His Light. You keep on IN Christ my friend. This is me in the story and my dear Friend. What a time that was. It is all good. Love you. Hugs.

Kebennett1 profile image

Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Skye,I have tears running down my cheeks. What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it with us. It hit very close to home for me as last week I lost a close friend and sister in Christ who lost her battle with alcohol. I am so grateful that she is no longer suffering. GOD is good!

Rolly A Chabot profile image

Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Morning Sky... I came back to this again this morning as it was so special and filled with meaning the first time... well done as always... you are atrue gift.

Many hugs and Love from Canada

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

drpastorcarlotta busy doing the Lords work hey, hey. Praise the Lord my sista. I am touched by your precious comment and always Blessed to see you. No matter the miles we will be in touch. I love you dr. Keep on in Christ. U will I am sure of it Phil 4:13

drpastorcarlotta profile image

drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Beautiful story skye2day I have missed you, been very busy counseling. As always you have blessed me! I love you writing and you as well! Voted-Up!!

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

winsome bro I am touched with your comment. 'ardous and dirty' I love it, Mother Teresa is right! Let us keep pressing on to the prize of eternal life. God has work for us to do. Growing up is not an easy job but worth the sweat and tears. Jesus gave the ultimate. Brings tears to my eyes when I think of Him nailed to the cross for the sins of the world. Oh how could one reject our Lord, Amen? I am eternally grateful. So nice to meet you again. Do be in touch at the hubs me too. Your sister in Christ loves ya. Blessings back winsome.

Winsome profile image

Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Skye this is a faithful narrative of the walk that validates the talk. Mother Teresa said that "Christian service is not glorious, it is arduous and dirty."

The good news is that out of dirt and sweat grow the seeds of faith that transform lives. Blessings. =:)

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

freelelance How nice to see you for a visit I am truly touched. God Bless you friend.

freelanceauthor profile image

freelanceauthor 4 years ago

Beautiful story. Glad you shared this. Thanks

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

vla uhri My dear brother you are most welcomed. My heart smiles at your presence. Thank You God Bless you and yours bro. Love ya your sista in Christ

Vladimir Uhri profile image

Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thanks you for great story and beautiful song.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Daydreamer aaaaaahh Your are precious. God is amazing He works all things for the good Amen. Peace and Love sister.

daydreamer13 profile image

daydreamer13 4 years ago

Wonderful story. Voted up!

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

mattv33 Blessings my bro. OK u return in April. Know I pray for you. You are so special to me and many others. A man after Gods heart. Keep on helpmeet. Love your sista.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

voiceciw aaaaah How sweet. Celia so helped Erin on her journey! I came for a read the other day I did not comment yet. I was giving thought. It is all good. Voice you are so precious. You keep that loving heart of light and truth shining. Always your sis in Christ loves ya.

VOICE CIW 4 years ago

God bless you Sister skye2day, this is such a beautiful hub. The love that was displayed between those two people is so heart-warming. Erin and Celia captured my heart. Celia passed on but God gave her Erin to help her on her journey. If you need healing, or need a friend just shout " JESUS " He is a Present Help. Stay blessed.

matt6v33 profile image

matt6v33 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

my next jouney when i depart this island april 9 LORD WILLING

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Marilyn Willetta Precious woman I will pray for you and yours. It is hard to forgive at times but we need to so we can move on. Trust Jesus because HE knows your pain and sufferings. He will be with you and walk with you and talk with you. He loves you. Thank you for coming to visit. Keep your eyes on Jesus He can fix a broken heart. I know mine was once broken. Today I am free because He loved me first not because I deserve it.

God Bless. Sending a hug Your sister in Christ Jesus.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

kristeen aaaahhh What a lovely comment Thank you so much. Get the kleenex. True story God is sovereign in all our affairs. Oh Bless His Holy Name. You are precious sweet one. I love you Keep shining that light of yours.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

dave mathews oh yes bro we are given today. This makes life so much easier. It is a awesome way to live. God meets all our needs today. Praise Him. Great to see you mighty warrior you keep soaring on the wings. U will I am sure Phil 4:13 love ya in Christ Jesus bro your sista

Dave Mathews profile image

Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Sister Skye: What a loving touching story. Thank you. Fortunately God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Now that is true wisdom, for who knows except God if Tomorrow will arrive and if and when it does, what will it bring.

Truly knowing that Our Father God awaits us to return to him is a blessing everyperson should know and have. To bad some don't.

Kristeen profile image

Kristeen 4 years ago from Michigan

What a beautiful story Skye. It brought tears to my eyes. God calls His believers to be the salt and light of the earth. Even when we feel that we don't have the energy or spirit to step up to the plate, He gives us the courage and strength to do so. He is the great healer of heart, soul and body. He will never let us down. Stay blessed. In His name, Kristeen

Marilyn Willett 4 years ago

my husband of 27 yrs left me and our son, and autistic young man of 26. He broke our hearts and left us with no money, although he earned 145k last year tax free overseas. We waited over 7 yrs for him to come home to us and now he wants other women.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Karen Heilier Sister Praise the Lord we are saved amen!

Thank you for coming to visit. I am honored. The video should work ok now. Must have been IE mix up. LOL

Anyway I encourage you to listen to the short tunes. May You B Blessed in Him. Your sista. Love you.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Mr. Smith Bro You are welcome indeed. Your warm thoughts hit the spot. As we carry on may God Bless U in abundance and may His Glory shine on you and your works.

Love ya bro. Hugs to you and yours. IN Christ

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

matt6v33 helpmeet what can I say. Aaaah I need a tissue too. LOL Bro true story and God knows what He does. He is amazing wondrous glorious love. I pray this finds you well. R U Back in the states. I just love ya in Christ. Your sista. Hugs Keep soaring on those wings brother.

skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

rolly a chabot Brother I am truly touched to see you for a read and visit. I think you are pretty special warrior for Christ. Dear friend keep on in Him. You will I know it. Phil 4:13 Hugs back to all.

Rolly A Chabot profile image

Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Mornings are wonderful especially when one can sit and read the writings of a dear friend such as you Sister. Thank you for sharing this wit us and touching the heart of a brother.

Blessings and Hugs from Canada

matt6v33 profile image

matt6v33 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand


Mr. Smith profile image

Mr. Smith 4 years ago from California

Hits the spot, as always. Thanks, sister.

Karen Hellier profile image

Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

What a wonderful story. I am born again and loved it. TRhe only trouble is it said there was an error when I tried to play the video. It said try again later, so maybe it's just something with the internet.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article