But this morning, I read. And several of my blog friends were posting for Edie, on her birthday.
Curious, I went to Edie's blog.
A few of her friends hijacked her blog and wrote a post inviting all and any who have been touched by Edie and her blog to share some love with her today. By now you're catching on to the fact that I have never read Edie, so it's a bit illogical that I am writing a post for her.
I went back a few posts on Edie's blog. And then a few more. And before I knew it, several minutes had gone by, I had read several of her posts, and I was almost in tears. You see, if you go back to a 10 days or so before Christmas, Edie had a beautiful post about how she was decorating her house for Christmas, how she was reading John Milton's poem, "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," how she was thinking deeply on advent and what it meant. Included are beautiful pictures of her mantle in her lovely home. Then there's a post on award winning (and most likely, extremely bad for my resolution to eat healthy) fudge. A few more posts mixed with what is clearly Edie's style - light hearted blended with deeply thoughtful.
And then the first post, where her friends posted a prayer, and stated that all of Edie's family was safe.
Because Edie's house, the Tuesday before Christmas, burned down to the ground, completely. Then I read the post where Edie talked about the journey of that week, and of Christmas, and I couldn't believe it. For Edie, who is most certainly heartbroken, shaken, and overwhelmed, continued to make clear that she serves and loves a God in whom she believes whole-heartedly, One who protected them, even the dogs, and One who will continue to provide. And I cried.
Today is Edie's birthday. And although I just "met" her today, I could not help but to post a birthday tribute, because, in one half an hour, my life is already changed by reading her stories.
May this year be what it needs to be, Edie. May you and your family continue to find healing, and provision, and may the Lord who is merciful and full of grace make His face shine upon you, so that you may know His deep and everlasting love and peace.