Friday, October 30, 2009


I just got back from a week visiting my sister-of-the-heart in Alabama. I've heard several writers and speakers talk about the different types of friends we have in our lives. In one of these descriptions, we can have "Friends for a Reason, Friends for a Season, and Friends for Life." I've know this friend for over 25 years, and we are definitely friends for life. We bonded during two years shared in Kansas and when our families separated, we promised each other that we would visit at least once every year. During this year's visit, we compiled a "Visit Journal", recording the dates, locations and memories of all our visits. We discovered that we had missed only one calendar year, but there were many years when we were able to arrange more than one visit.

I have as many reasons as there are stars to feel blessed by this friendship.

So today, I share a few verses from Proverbs because nobody says it better.
A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity. (17:17)
Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. (18:24)
One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disuputes will alienate a friend. (17:9)
Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (27:6)
And I close with that powerful verse from John (and for this, I love King James):
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.(15:13)

If you have a friend like this, give thanks this day. If you do not, give thanks for the friends for a reason or a season that you do have and keep your heart open for that friend for life.

May it be so. Amen.

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