Monday, July 5, 2010
Farewell, My Dear Friend
It is with a bitter-sweet heart that I tell you that Sono Harris passed away last night. Thankfully, she went Home peacefully. Not only was she a pioneering homeschool icon, a great woman of God, but she was a most talented ballerina & I'm SURE she danced her way right to the Throne of God!
When the Harrises still lived in Dayton, Ohio a friend of mine took me to a young adult's Bible study at Wright State University (in 1982). There, I encountered a 'REAL' Christian in the person of Gregg Harris. His real-life relationship w/Jesus & his creative Bible studies & activities (in conjunction w/learning about the readable NIV Bible & Contemporary Christian music!) were large factors in my acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. From there, Gregg introduced me to the man who would become my wonderful husband; & he & Sono introduced me to homeschooling (as Josh was only about 7 at the time) & Sono, ever so patiently, discipled me by using Bible studies, wonderful & deep conversation, & letting me tag along w/her just in her everyday life. She certainly earned several jewels in her crown by patiently answering all of my questions!
When they moved to the Pacific Coast (1983), we still stayed in touch & got together as we could w/o intruding upon much-needed family time when they were back in town. And, of course, we attended some of their conferences when they were local...and many cards, letters (ALWAYS hand-written) & phone calls in-between.
I will miss my dear friend & I will pray for the family. I just spoke to her dear mother (who is still local to us) & found out that all funeral/memorial plans will be in their adopted home state, clear across the country, so we will have to wait to hear about how things went. Please pray for Sono's mom, too, as she is understandably trying to deal w/losing one of her children.
I was just looking at what was written on the back of this photo before I scanned it, part of it says: "We made double prints & are sending these photos to you as a remembrance of our happy reunion...A Foretaste of that incomparable, everlasting reunion we will have w/our LORD & one another in heaven. May He preserve us for that day & grant us endurance to finish the race is our prayer."
She was always thinking ahead. :-) I miss her already. Until that day....
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><