I know that some of you may be asking yourself “Sweet baby Jesus! When will this Sarah thing end already?!” Trust me, I am asking myself the same thing! But I am a very stubborn person and I started this thing so now I gots to finish it! However the end is near my dear friends – the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to become more than just a haze, it’s forming into a small ball now. We just have to get through today and tomorrow and I promise that shall be the end of it!
Sarah 5 is a unique type of Sarah. I have known her literally for as long as I can remember. We would have met when I was 2 and started going to church in Kitchener. She is a few years older than me, so we were never really friends but we knew each other. She has a younger sister who is a year older than me, but we were never friends either.
I never really connected with Sarah 5 until I was in my very early 20’s. We were still going to the same church, and both of us were involved in the same after-school children’s program. I was a regular leader, and she was our summer camp lifeguard. Over this we bonded.
One of the things about this after-school program that I loved was that there was a Prayer Pal program (try saying that 5 times fast!). I was in this program when I was a child, when it was only for girls.By the time I became a leader it was co-ed. A Prayer Pal is a person you are paired up who is suppose to pray for you (they also send you cards on special occasions, and sometimes gifts! Although only cards are encouraged). It’s always an older person in the church (when you are 8, a 20 year old is “an older person”). When I was a participant, in my little munchkin phase, my Pal was Angela’s oma (that’s German for grandma for those who don’t know). I would go over to her house and bake cookies and have fun times – this was before it was frowned upon to have someone else’s child over to your house without her parents there haha! Angela’s grandma and oma became my adopted grandparents since all of mine had died.
But back to Sarah 5! Ok, so Sarah 5 was the lifeguard during the summer at our week long sleep-away camp. At first we really didn’t mix – a consequence of never being in youth group together at the same time. One of her first summers up there was the summer she was to be married. After that summer we became friends!
She eventually became my Pal (although 23 and 27 aren’t really that far apart!) and she was the best Pal I ever had. We gave each other birthday/Christmas/Easter/anniversary gifts, we would refer to each other as “pal” not by our real names, we remembered each other in prayer in times of struggle and in times of rejoicing (umm WOW I totally just sounded like my old Irish pastor but I’m not going to change my wording!)
When I moved to Korea the first time, she sent me hand written letters (ya’ll know how I love them!) and emailed regularly. When I returned, I took a Sunday with Le Brother to visit our old church once more. It was Easter and a great day to take the 1.5 hour drive along country roads to get to the service on time. I was so excited to see her, but she arrived late to the service so I had to wait until after to talk to her. I found out that her husband had left her – and I was devastated for her! They had only dated about 6 months before getting engaged and then 6 more months before they were married. But like most of the young people at the church, they had known each other literally since they were born. She said he had needed to “find himself” whatever that means. She is such a strong woman though and eventually has been able to move on from it.
We still keep in touch, although not as much as we use to. I think I will actually email her once I’m done writing this. I can honestly say that she is the best Sarah I have ever known. For those who will appreciate the statement: she is also a shining example of a woman of God. And I aspire to be more like her in my own personal spiritual walk.
I was afraid all my Sarah stories were going to be sad depressing ones! I am so happy that I finally go to write one where there has been absolutely zero backstabbing and horrible actions!! I think I deserve a sticker for that 😉