Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Gift of Lori


Recently, I was contacted by a woman named Lori. She wanted me to know that my music had touched her life more than 30 years ago. Needless to say, I was beyond humbled that a soul had been impacted by a seed I had sown. Little Me in the hands of Big Him. Overwhelming.

Lori passed away this week. She told me upfront that she was sick and wouldn't live much longer. We spoke on the phone a few days before she died.

I'm sad that we never got to meet in person, but so grateful that our paths crossed at all. The first time, I was a gift to Lori. The second time, she was a gift to me.
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Dear God, thank you for those who come into our lives and leave us richer. May that be our goal with the dawn of every day.


Linking to Spiritual Sundays, a great place to be inspired.

18 comments:

  1. I was so saddened to hear of Lori's passing. I'm glad you had a chance to know you made a difference in her life, and just knowing that, made a difference in your life. Full circle.

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  2. My mom was an awesome lady.... she touched so many life's glad to know she was able to be a blessing even until the end! Thanks for sharing Gayle!

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  3. Isn't it amazing how God can use us to touch someone in ways we never even know? And then turns around & blesses us through it later. You obviously planted a seed, and Heather (above) is the bloom in testament to the nurturing Lori did with what you gave to her.

    I'm sorry that you lost a beautiful person before you had the chance to really get to know her. But I'm grateful to the Lord that you had the chance to even know about it & get to know her a bit. Open yourself to that experience....obviously, He has something else He'll have you do with this knowledge!

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Hugs ~ Merana

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  4. I'm so glad you learned how you touched someone long ago. Who knows how many others have been touched that you don't know about!

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  5. This is very touching, Gayle. Isn't it amazing how God keeps track of things that happened so many years ago and brings them full circle--and I'm sure he doesn't even need a day planner to accomplish it. To know that we have been a blessing to someone else is one of the greatest blessings, I think. Thanks for sharing your bittersweet joy with us.

    Love,
    Dianne

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  6. this is so sad and yet so encouraging at the same time. That is so great Lori was able to give you that message...that your music touched her...made a difference. ☺

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  7. Wow - this story has touched me.
    At the same time, it reminds me - I need to make the time to say "thanks" to those souls who've made a difference - never presume they know.
    Have a beautiful new week!

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  8. Oh Gayle, this post touched my heart. We just don't know how we impact other people's lives, but when we obey God's calling the possibiliites are enormous.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  9. Beautiful,beautiful touching post! How true, how many lives are touched by each life.
    We can make an impact wherever we go or do.
    Sweet Blessings,
    Virginia

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  10. Gayle.. what a touching story.. and once again my post co-insides with another friends blog.. I just posted about using our God given talent to touch some one. There are reasons we have these gift , and we should not hide them or minimize them, because God gave them to us to be use to touch others..
    Great post.. loved it.. very touching..
    God Bless

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  11. Very touching. Food for thought. You are blessed with the gift of writing. Thank you for posting.

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  12. How wonderful she contacted you before she died. I'm sure we will all be a little surprised when we get to heaven to find out how many lives we impacted without knowing it. We'll have plenty of time to "catch up." Thank you for sharing both with Lori and with all of us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  13. Gayle, Beautiful. Thought provoking. Inspirational.
    Thank you.

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  14. That is awesome, Gayle. I pray the Lord will use my music for His glory. Blessings ~

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  15. How absolutely beautiful. God gave you and Lori each a beautiful gift. It never ceases to stun me that he would include me in His plans. I know that you feel the same way right now.

    Imagine the music she is hearing this day!

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  16. What a wonderful gift Lori gave to you....It is sad to hear of her death....life is so precious and fragile. God bless.

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