The Gift of Friendship...
Today's gift of "friendship" is summed up best in the C.S. Lewis quote above, it's unnecessary but gives value to our life while here on earth. This past week has been one of hustle and bustle. There is the everyday activities of work, groceries, and laundry with the additions of special luncheons, evening gatherings and holiday baking. The specialness of the additions, is the friends in which we spend time with to celebrate these moments.
Friendship doesn't come in a box. You can't contain it in a box or place a bow on it to make it look beautiful. Friendship is a genuine, heartfelt, loving, and special relationship between two people with similar interests. Notice I didn't say, the same, but instead...similar.
I'm thankful for my friends and the variety of friendships I have. If I'm in the mood to sit and crochet or craft, there are a couple friends that instantly come to mind. If I'm in the mood to just chillax on the deck with or watch a movie, another is the one I'd call. When I'm at my breaking point and just need to release some of the pressure, stress, and overwhelming feelings...there are those I can share with, knowing it stays in confidence and they join me in prayer. Sometimes, praying together, to the Holy Spirit, to intercede as we know not how to pray.
"Finally, the real definition of a true friend comes from the Apostle Paul:
"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die;
yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8). "Greater love has no one than this,
than to lay down one’s life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Now, that is true friendship!"