You were like a bright light but so gentle much like a beautiful dawn of a new day. Even your name is Dawn. You were that friend who stayed in my life all the way from Junior High, that friend that keeps in touch and doesn't let friendship get away. You were always there if I needed you...all I had to do was ask the Father to let you know and soon you were calling me. We always knew if something was wrong with the other and sometimes that knowing came in the middle of the night along with a phone call. I loved that God knit us together like that.
We raised our children together when they were younger. Oh how much fun we had together sewing, and crafting late into the night. One day the Wind moved you to another place. That was OK because we still lived under the same starry night and had regular phone calls and visits. We stayed close even though there were many miles between us.
I could tell you anything and I pretty much told you everything. I can't think of anything I didn't tell you about myself...even those hidden dark things that most won't share. You shared so very much of your own story with me...things you didn't tell even your family. I always knew I could trust you because you always responded with love but you never let me get away with what was wrong before God. You were always willing to say what needed to be said.
Dawn, you heard God call you with a whisper and you answered yes. He moved you even more miles away but, I was happy to see all that he did. He gave you even more dear friends with whom to share your life. You were one of those collectors of friends rather than things. He took you around the world and turned someone that many thought of as a mouse into a mighty roaring lion who won many battles for the Kingdom. You spoke His words of love and truth to any who would listen.
Dear friend you were such a good friend to me and I don't know what I will do without you on this Earth under the same starry sky. I do know that the Earth will be dimmer without you... I will miss our chats on the phone and our visits. I will miss eating those yucky Allsups burritos together that we both loved. I will miss our girlfriend trips when we had so much fun. I will miss those all night craft times when we would get a wild hair to create something beautiful at 10:00 at night. I will miss sharing testimonies of awesome works that God was doing in our lives. I will miss your advice and having you for accountability. I will miss worshiping God with you with all our hearts "in one accord". I will miss your smile, your laughter and your big brown eyes. Most of all I will miss knowing that no matter what, you would be praying for me and all those people I love. (I promise to continue to pray for all those you love).
I am comforted by the knowledge that we will see each other again some day...there is no doubt about that. I am also comforted to know that your struggle and pain are no more. I am comforted to know that you are now part of the cloud of witnesses who cheer God's children, still on the Earth, on. I am comforted to know that even though my heart wasn't ready to let you go yet, our Heavenly Daddy God knows best for each of us...even if that means we have to say goodbye for now.
Dawn Kathleen Mowery Eaves
February 6, 1962 - September 6, 2015