I have been blessed with good friends.
It is very hard to develop close relationships. Because of that we are truly blessed when others cross our paths in such a way as to bring lifetime friendship. I’ve been reflecting on good friends that we’ve collected along our journey through life. These are people with whom we share our joys and our pains and the sharing is reciprocated. It is one thing to be open with another person, but quite another yet when that person is willing to share their good news and bad news with you. The mutuality of such a relationship brings a richness of life and a huge responsibility.
The responsibility comes during that season, as happens in all relationships including marriages, that some distance or coolness inexplicably occurs. A lifetime kind of friend leans in and works to eliminate the distance. The Bible says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Be thankful for the lifers. I spent a night at the movies with such friends last night. I am very, very blessed.