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Jill Maisch - as a writer, speaker, missionary, and educator - has a tendency to wander upstream... against the more comfortable current of social and spiritual complacency.

Monday, July 9, 2012


This morning I decided to update some information on my contacts list.  While going through the list, I noticed I still have email addresses for my dad and two friends who have all passed away.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do.  

The rational response might have been to simply delete the three email addresses, but instead I decided to send each person a short note.  

So... through tears and my last three tissues I wrote to each person.  

I first wrote to dad.  I started by giving him an update on each member of the family.  I told him we're all doing OK and that he's a GREAT grandpa now!  I also said he'd be so proud of how well mom is doing.  Finally, I let him know how very blessed I was to have him for my dad and how much I miss him... every day.  

In my friends' emails, I listed some treasured memories of our times together.  I also told them that I continue to pray - for them as well as for their families and friends who miss them.  Clicking “send” after each email was wonderfully healing for me.  

Funny... I still can’t bring myself to deleting these email addresses.  

Not just yet.  

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