I am so thankful today for my friends. I have lost track of so many over the years. Either I moved or they moved or our interests took us in different directions. However, they remain in my mind and my heart. I do have one friend who I have known since we were twelve years old and whenever we talk, it’s like we’ve never been apart, even if it’s only once or twice a year. That friendship is precious to me. I now have a new friend whose friendship is precious to me as well. 

Close friends have usually gone through several conflicts and crises together, health issues and scares, sorrows and joys. Difficulties simply bring them closer to each other. Deep friendship is a safe haven of protection for us against the storms of life.

I received a beautiful text today from my new friend that was very affirming of me. That was so meaningful, having someone who has gotten to know me well enough to see my shortcomings, share the strengths she sees in me. This is another gift that friendship offers.

Being friends with someone who has different opinions and viewpoints has helped me to grow. It’s challenging, but rewarding as we struggle to understand and empathize with each other. It expands my little world beyond myself, my family, and my job.

How has friendship offered safety, affirmation, and growth in your life? Let’s thank God today for the special Gift of Friendship on the Journey!