Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Special Friend, Myrl

I wish everyone could have a special friend like Myrl . . .

Myrl had a stroke several years ago.  She broke her leg  and arm in the fall and was confined to a wheel chair for transportation ever since.  She lived in her own home for a couple years and then went to a caregiver home where I tried to visit her as often as I could.  We "talked" and read the Bible and put small puzzles together.  This was no easy thing as Myrl had lost her speech and use of her right hand.  Yet, she enjoyed the time we spent together.

Recently, she had another fall and then a 2nd stroke and she just never recovered.  I visited her daily at hospice since Saturday and her eyes talked to me even if she couldn't speak.  Finally, on Tuesday, my dear friend left her pain behind and went to heaven where God has promised no more suffering.  I will miss her.  I wish everyone could have a friend that was such a blessing!

A Blessing Called Myrl

Not a sister by birth but a sister in Christ.
Not an Aunt or a Grandmother 
or even a relative of any other kind through blood.
Yet the love in her heart helped mine to survive, 
not once but twice. . . 

"No payback was expected," she said.  
She did only what she had been taught. . . 
After all, the Great Teacher had taught her.
She had learned His lessons well.
 I had the same Teacher and thought I  too, had learned all.
Little did I know  I hadn't grasped the whole lesson.
Yet, He didn't give up on me; 
He sent me an expert  tutor called Myrl,  disguised as a gentle friend.

The tutoring was free-- it came with God's  blessing
I hope I learned it well so I can share with others
The message of love taught to me by
 My best friend in Christ, a blessing called Myrl.


  1. She had a beautyful smile! You made a wonderful tribute with your poem.I'm sure she was happy to have a special friend like YOU.

  2. So lucky you are, to have had her as a friend! She looks really nice to me, that I can see.. Yes, everyone should have a friend like her, like you. I had once, so I know.. :) Sad when they leave from this earth.. But it might be a meaning behind.. A very nice poem you've made for her!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. What a beautiful tribute to your friend.

  4. Beautiful post Paulie. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  5. Sorry for your loss, Paulie. What a blessing to have had such a friend! Her memory will be with you always.

  6. My sympathy to you, Paulie. She was your mentor and friend. I'm sure she counted you among her blessings.

  7. You have all my condolences and sympathy. Losing close friends are never easy - but you have some wonderful memories.

  8. I am sorry for your loss. I know that just hearing your voice and knowing your were there was a great comfort. To read to one who can not speak is a great gift,they can hear your voice and know they need not struggle to respond.

  9. What a beautiful poem and sweet tribute to your friend Myrl, Paulie. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful. Thank you so much, Paulie.