Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Holly Hobby, lavendar walls, purple colored shag carpet, matching baby dolls (always red and blue), homemade matching knit dresses from Gran, singing lessons together.

These are all part of my childhood memories. Memories I shared with my oldest sister. Who is also my friend.

Sisterhood is an amazing relationship. And one that nothing could have prepared me for in adulthood. I am blessed beyond words for my older sister, Jenny.

Sisters that share the bond of Christ have an added dimension of love. There are no two sisters that are more different than she and I, and yet, find such consolation in our bond.

There was a time when "Mr. Cartwright" and I were trying to start our family, which seemed an impossible feat, that this sister of mine wrote to me and shared with me what God has encouraged her with. She reminded me of God's promises and promised to fast one day a month for the will of God to be done. I read back on this love notes from her and can now see God's great promises worked out in my life. I have four blessed arrows that were given to me from God in ways that I would never have guessed.

I was able to be in the delivery room with one of her blessed babies as she lavished her love on him. It was such a awesome privilege to be part of this private time and see what God's amazing love can do through two people. That is something I will never forget.

And more recently, we had the honor of spending the last 2 weeks of Mom's life with her together; giving her showers, rubbing her feet, combing her hair, crying on each other's shoulder, as well, as journaling together. This latest event has brought us closer than ever. We know each other's vulnerability. We were at the lowest one can be together. When mom's breath left her, we were there grabbing each other's hands and singing,

Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

Jenny, I love you more than you know. I am so grateful you are my sister and friend. You have grown so much as a mom and wife and are an example to me in so many ways. My prayer for you this year is one of trust in God' enduring promises. He will continue to guide you as you seek Him daily.

I am immensely privileged to have you in my life. To call you Friend.

I love you.

Happy Birthday!


Barbie said...

What a beautiful Birthday gift to your sister!

Anonymous said...

Sarah - I will cherish this forever. Thank you for giving me such a beautiful gift and reminder of what a bond we have. I love you!!!! Jen