(Originally posted at RevGalBlogPals by me!)
I’ve been reflecting this week on the gift of friendship, of people who will be there no matter what you need or when you need it. Sometimes a friend accompanies us through a dark place or dances with us through a joyful time or simply walks down the road of an ordinary time beside us.
Name five friends who have been there when you needed them.
1) A, who stood with me day in and day out during the break-up of my marriage and the breakdown of my psyche ten years ago. We don’t see as much of each other as we used to now that our kids are older, but I treasure her dearly.
2) L, my dear friend of high school and college years. When we pick up the phone to talk, it feels like no time at all has passed and we could be making a date to drink hot chocolate and make those wonderful Elevator Lady cookies. I wonder if she still has the recipe?
3) J, who I mentioned earlier this week, the friend who coached me through regaining a social life after my divorce. I didn’t always follow her advice, but she was always right!
4) The colleagues in my lectionary group. When we met this Tuesdaymorning to discuss the gospel over pancakes, I told them, “I’m so happy to see you, I would have done anything to get here today!” Honestly, if it weren’t inappropriate I would have been pleased to pet them like a pair of big cats.
5) The friends blogging has brought into my life. You know who you are. Some have opened their homes to me, introduced me to their families, shared their phone numbers to call in a bad moment, perked me up with an e-mail at just the right moment. You are each a gift!