For some reason I have been thinking about friends lately and the different places they fill in my life. I have many friends and each of them are different.
A few weeks ago I found out that one of my life long friends had to have emergency surgery and since she is older, I was concerned. Even though it wasn’t what we would call major, I was still concerned. I can’t really explain the feelings that I had during that time. What if something happened? What would I do without her? And the funny thing is, we don’t talk everyday or even every week, but I just know she’s there. If I ever needed her for ANYTHING she would be there. I have a few friends like this. Lifelong friendships are awesome. You are totally you when with these kind of friends.
Then, just a couple of weeks ago we attended the General Convention of our organization, the United Pentecostal Church International. This is always a highlight to me. To gather with so many people of like precious faith and worship together is simply great. Also at this meeting we get together for fellowship with other longtime friends and our “conference friends”. When we get with these people we just pick up where we left off at the last convention and have great times of conversation, laughter and enjoying each others company.
After the convention I was privileged to spend a few extra days with my sisters. These are my blood sisters and there is no one like them in my life. What can you say about sisters? They just are! I love them both dearly.
The new friends that God is bringing into my life are so precious to me. We are getting to know each other and you are fulfilling yet another role in my life and I hope that I am doing the same for you. With the family of God, it is so exciting.
We got home on Friday Night and I was already looking forward to seeing and worshipping with my church family. What precious people of God they are. As I was kneeling toward the end of an awesome service today and thanking God for what He is doing in our midst, it just came to me again, the different roles different people play in our lives. As much as I love and appreciate my lifelong friends, my longtime friends, my conference friends and even my sisters, none of them can take the place of my church family/friends. There is a special and different bond with each of these groups of people but each one plays a very significant role in my life.
I can’t find the words to express my deep gratitude for them all. For the friends that have been part of my life, all of my life, I love you more than you even realize. My longtime friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin. You’ve been there when those closest to me passed from this life. We have cried together and sometimes laughed so hard we couldn’t hardly catch our breath. Thanks for just being there. Sometimes you didn’t know what to say, but you was there and that makes all the difference in the world. I like the saying, “You can’t make new, old friends”. :-)
To my sisters: I love you and appreciate you more with each passing day. Even in our relationships though, we each play different roles in each others lives. Talk about ups and downs! We have been through it all. We have cried ’til we didn’t have any tears left to shed. We have shared sorrow and grief together. Our worlds have been shattered. However, with each of our strengths and helping each other, we have made it through, together. Then there are the times that we laugh so hard we hurt. I’m thankful that this happens more often than not. You two are the best! I love you dearly. “I’m smiling because you’re my sister. And laughing because you can’t do anything about it”!
My church family: You are incredible. I cannot even begin to tell you what you mean to me. After being with all my friends at conference, when I walked into the church today, I was so warmed by your love. Church families hold a very special place for the Pastor and his family. I love singing and worshipping with you. I love dancing before the Lord with you! I love it when you pray for me and I love to pray for you. I love how you love to hear your pastor preach and teach. :-) I love your outpourings of love that is given in the form of a gift or just a simple, “I love and appreciate you”. You are simply the best and no one can fill that place in my life but YOU.
This has been my thoughts for quite sometime now. I love my life and all the people in it. Thank you all for being YOU! You are precious to me.