Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.
Amazing that I remember that from way back in my girl scout days. I do count each of my old friends as gold. They are the ones that no matter how long we go without talking we can always pick right back up. I guess we are "kindred spirits" to quote Anne of Green Gables!
However it seems these days that my silver friends, the ones newer to my heart are so very dear and I can see so clearly how and why the Lord brought each of them into my life. Dear ladies and you all know who you are. I am forever thankful for each of the gifts of perspective you bring to my life. I am thankful for your gift to me of conversation (the radishes are not very talkative these days!!!) Thank you for your heart and passion for your kids and family. Thank you most for challenging me in almost every area of my life. I love you all.
But there is one Friend I could not do without. I found Him as I walked down out of the balcony of a very large church for a girl of 8 to the very front of the church and up to the Pastor. You see, I had nudged (ok thrown) a kitten off the porch because I wanted to see him jump. It was a tiny kitten and could no more jump than I could fly, but I wanted it to try. It died. I felt so guilty and sorrowful, but I could not bring that cat back to life. That was one reason I knew I needed forgiveness, the other was way too complex for a child. I just didn't understand life. When I closed my eyes at night it was dark and I just did not know what would happen to me if I were to die. And for all I knew I could die, I mean my parents were divorced, I could not stop biting my nails and I seemed to always do wrong even when I just wanted to do good and please people. I needed help and so I gave it all over to Jesus that night at Westwood Baptist Church. I have to admit that I went forward because I was in NEED. I needed help, something solid, Someone bigger than me to make everything ok. I began my walk with child like faith.
During the past 25 years I have experienced joy like no other, heartache that I thought I could not bear, beauty in amazing places and unthinkable tragedies. I have gone back and forth in my relationship with God and what have I found? A Friend, like no other. A Friend who is ALWAYS, for He is always there for me, always the same (even when I am not), always ready to forgive and always pushing me to be more than I can be on my own. He is the Friend who gets me through each day and He will be the Friend who welcomes me home. He is the Friend I pray each day my boys come to know and soon. He is the one who hears my cry for help and He is the One who will answer. He is able. He is my God and I want each of my friends to know Him and trust Him so that we can all bear our own struggles and help carry each others struggles in this life.
I love you all, may you be blessed with many friends and a Friend who sticks closer than a brother!