“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa
I had so many things on my to-do list this past week, so many things I wanted to get done. They all fell by the wayside when I learned the heartbreaking news of the passing of a friend’s 13-year-old daughter, Lilli. Suddenly everything on that to-do list seemed unimportant, silly even.
The news of her death struck me hard. In fact, it rocked my whole community. She was someone who made a difference just by being herself.
Lilli was the rare teenager whose inner light shone so brightly that your own light was strengthened just by being around her. She had a maturity that some adults can’t hold a candle to–an innate ability to lift others and to see their good. I credit her parents with raising her so well, of course. But she was also just good to the core, happy and wise beyond her years.
Every time I turned the corner in church, there she was. Waiting with a melt your heart smile that seemed like it was meant just for me–or whoever else she happened to come across. The way she sat in class, eagerly waiting to learn, and with that smile on her face. Always that smile.