I started my recent Sunday worship off with tears. That just happens sometimes when I am moved and touched by something and this past Sunday was one of those times.
Our church has a Special Friends class and these folks never cease to inspire me. They show up at worship, sing loudly, take communion and take care of one another. Chris and I are always reminded of Carlton when we see one particular man with Down syndrome and the anniversary of his death last week was weighing on me.
When our pastor walked in, she was accompanied by one of the Special Friends and indicated that she would like to say a prayer. You see, Kathleen’s beloved dog, Wally Lee, had passed away and Kathleen really wanted to say a prayer for him. It didn’t take long and my eyes were leaking.
Kathleen showed great courage to stand in front of the entire church and offer a sincere and heartfelt prayer on behalf of Wally Lee. She stayed close to our pastor through the entire service and it was obvious that she was in the depths of grief. I have no doubt that Wally Lee was her best friend.
What an example she was for me on this day. I know that it is not always easy for people with intellectual disabilities to express themselves and she did such a wonderful job. It reminded me, once again, that we are all special in God’s sight and that every human is worthy of love. This was one simple prayer that will stay with me for a very long time.
Rest In Peace, Wally Lee. You were well loved.