Names in the comment section have become familiar, become email friends, and some I have even met and enjoyed fellowship with. When my daughter got sick with staph, my "friends" prayed and prayed and prayed; when Mom became ill last June, they started praying some more. As strange as it sounds, I have felt the power of this distant support.
The comment section has not been without controversy. Mustard, pictures of swimming babies, red carpet wardrobes...we have voiced our opinions with vehemence and grace, a rare combination. Donna sets the tone for a loving community.
A few months ago, Miz Booshay's sister Sue was diagnosed with a tumor, inoperable, and the prognosis was not good. It was hard to explain to my children how I could cry tears for a friend whom I have never met, about her sister whom I have also not met. And then tears fell again this weekend as Sue passed from this life to the next.
Today is the service for Sue. Today will be hard for my friends-yet-met Donna and Janet. Saying goodbye can rip the heart, stretching our faith and our understanding of what love can bear. Today I am praying, asking God for mercy and peace for these lovely ladies who have such a heritage, such a family.
Thank you, Donna, for the community you have created. My life is richer for the friends I have met (and have yet to meet) there.
Love you. Mean it.