Recently, I wrote a sister, my Bible study conductor, an email just telling her that I thought of her, and I thanked her for being a part of some milestones in my life many many years ago.
(For those who are reading my post for the first time, I was a very impressionable teenager at that time and I had the chance to live in their country for a while, spent much time with her, got to know her way of living, and essentially she became my life's mentor. Closer to me than family. Closer to me than my own blood sister. Essentially, in the transition process from a young teenager studying, to living abroad for the first time, studying the Bible and attending meetings there for the first time, and then eventually joining the workforce all while receiving moral support from her - those are milestones for me.)
I don't know if I should be sharing this letter because I still cherish her as a person and I want to keep her words only to my memory, but since I read this letter, I somehow started shunning her from my life as well because I felt that there was no more reason to continue my perceived friendship with her. I can see her JW persona permeating her wholeness, if this is the correct expression to use.
(Early this morning I had an extremely vivid dream of her coming over for a visit, and there she was, apparently awakened to the truth about the truth. I still miss her terribly.)
So here is a translation of her letter:
It's been a long time since I wrote an email. Thank you for your unchanging heart towards me.
I wonder what milestone you were talking about that you experienced because of me.
If it were not for Jehovah and the truth, would we even have the chance to meet?
If it were not for Jehovah's help and love, our friendship would have already ended, wouldn't it?
I hope that your life becomes full of thanks and praise to him.
But, how come I don't remember hearing those expressions from you..?
Is it because of my bad memory? Or you thought that the gratefulness that you've felt towards him would sound 'trivial' to me that's why you didn't share it?
I think would be very happy if I heard those words from you...
As long as you keep walking this path with Jehovah with a joyful heart, our friendship will not change, yes?
Let's become close friends encouraging each other!