4 sto­ries that will warm your heart

First For Women - - Love -

Un­ex­pected grace A for­ever friend

“When my best friend, Colleen, passed away af­ter a long bat­tle with cancer, I felt like my heart had been wrenched from my chest. We shared 40 years of mem­o­ries and she had got­ten me through some of the tough­est times in my life.

“Two days be­fore she passed, she gave me the heart-shaped blue topaz neck­lace she’d worn for years, say­ing, ’I need you to have this. It will re­mind you that I love you and will al­ways be with you.’ Know­ing she didn’t have long, I wept as she fas­tened the stone around my neck.

“The morn­ing af­ter Colleen’s fu­neral, I was driv­ing to work and hit a patch of black ice. My car be­gan to spin as crip­pling panic shot through me. Sud­denly, I heard a soft whis­per, I’m with you. I love you. I clutched at Colleen’s neck­lace. Right then, my car mirac­u­lously stopped just short of a deep ravine.

“I caught my breath as a deep peace fell over me. As tears filled my eyes, I replied, ‘I love you too, sweet friend.’”

—Gina Worth, 60, Mem­phis

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