Truly This is Called Friendship

In my ladies Bible study here at DJs yesterday, I taught a lesson on friendship, using pertinent scriptures and some of my life experiences to press home the lesson. At that time I didn’t have such a good example as I found when reading on the internet this morning. The following story is exceptional: a Starbuck’s clerk will be donating a kidney to one of her regular customers.

TACOMA, Wash. — Annamarie Ausnes is known for holding up the line at her favorite Starbucks here, carefully counting out her coins to pay for her “short drip, double-cupped” daily jolt. Over the years, Sandie Andersen, a friendly barista behind the counter, might have rolled her eyes once or twice but she has also taken these morning moments to make conversation, to make friends.

Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Annamarie Ausnes, left, will receive a kidney from Sandie Andersen, who works at the Starbucks coffee shop that Ms. Ausnes frequents.

Grandchildren? A favorite topic. That tan Ms. Ausnes brought in one day? A vacation souvenir. And then there was the small talk that day last fall.

“She reached over the counter and said, ‘I’m a blood match,’ ” Ms. Ausnes said last week, recalling the conversation.

Ms. Andersen said, “We both stood there and bawled.”

The complete New York Times story is here.

I have great admiration for people such as Sandie Anderson who truly has a heart full of love, and whose generosity and true caring extends far beyond that of many people. I wish success in the surgeries and long life for both Sandie and Annamarie.

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My devotional blog is here.

4 thoughts on “Truly This is Called Friendship

  1. Leah

    My Husband Shannon had didney failure due to Lupus 7 years ago. He has been called for possible kidneys over 14 times in the last19 months but all except 2 his LUPUS would not allow it to match. The other 2 matched but due to different reasons (one had too much damage on it due to the car wreck the person was in and the other had a kidney infection) they were not operable. These have all been cadaver kidneys. The good news with all the other kidneys is that they did match oter people and we met 2 of the recipients by accident. We just said they must have neededit more. As of this time Shannon is steadily going down. Dialysis is ont cleaning very wel and as this is the 7 year landmark and 7 years is the average life span of someone on Dialysis we are leaning heavily on the Lord. Whatever he sees fit we want him to do, we just ask for the strength to go through it.
    Love You

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  2. Hello, Leah–

    What a treat to have you here and commenting. Thank you for such an honor. Hope you’re here often.

    Isn’t that the sweetest story. There really are good people around us–lots of negative stuff, but some really wonderful things too.

    Refresh my memory about your husband–as much of the details as you feel comfortable sharing, as I’m really interested in hearing it.

    Love you–

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  3. Leah

    Aunt Shirley,
    I’m sitting here with tears running down my face. I haven’t heard this story but will be googling to see how the surgery turned out. How amazing and sweet for this woman to give life to someone she really only knew as a customer. As you know my husband has been on Dialysis for 7 years this month. We are still waiting on that kidney. This story has encouragedme and upliftedmy faith. It may look impossible but to a possible God, Well Anything IS Possible. That kidney could be literally just around the corner.
    Love you
    Leah “Buxton” Doyle

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  4. What an uplifting story. Those who fail to see the love exchanged on a daily basis must be blind indeed. There are good people everywhere.

    Good morning, Helen. Indeed, there are good people all over this beautiful world of ours. To hear their stories and to see their faces colors well each day.

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