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Having lunch or a day of shopping with a good friend is pretty special. But, those few hours go by too quickly. How many times do you wish for some extended times without an agenda?
Last week I went out-of-town to I spent some time with one of my favorite friends. We’ve been wanting to get together for quite a while. Finally, it was the right time for both of us. And though I could have driven back and forth any number of times, she invited me to be her house guest for most of the week. And it was wonderful.
Mary Beth and I worked together for several years and I think we had the best working relationship two people could have. After I moved away, we stayed in contact via email, but rarely got a chance to spend time together. So these days of catching up were wonderful. We had lots of laughs as we discovered how much alike we are in many ways. Funny how you forget those things. And it’s interesting how extended time together helps us to see them, too.
One evening after we cooked up a delicious chicken stir fry, we set off to find some placemats or table runners for a photo shoot I wanted to do. Our first stop was a dollar store near her home. And then she got the idea that we should visit the fabric store. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived near such a great fabric shop. With dishes in hand, we spent the next hour-and-a-half laughing as we made our way through countless bolts of fabric. And yes! We did find something. Actually two somethings. Maybe three. Though that third something wasn’t fabric related, instead it was a renewal of that team spirit we shared so many years ago. Even though we closed up the fabric shop, our night didn’t end there.
Every night after supper we did something fun to cap off our day… like going to the lake to see the sunset and taking numerous photos followed up with indulging in a sweet treat, walking the mall to get the day’s “steps” in, and staying up late listening to each other’s heart stories.
As fun as walking a greenhouse preparing for spring or a botanical garden filled with butterflies (and it was great!) it was wonderful to just be together, to share our hearts, and most of all to pray together. We’ve both had our share of challenges in life, but it’s been God’s grace and prayer that have buoyed us through the tough times. And isn’t it just like God to cause the closeness to come in the midst of trials more than in those easy days we enjoyed while sharing the same little office.
There really is something that happens in our hearts that endear people to us in new and fresh ways when we faithfully pray for them. Maybe that’s why Jesus tells us to pray for those who hurt or mistreat us. (Matthew 5:44)
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When did you last make time for a good friend? Actually any friend?
Life gets busy… too busy.
I’m not trying to guilt you into hosting a friend for an overnight stay. But, I am suggesting that we miss out on the richness of friendship when we’re too busy. It could be lunch together or even a day strolling a botanical garden nearby.
I like hosting friends for tea or coffee or cocoa.
I love that uninterrupted time when I can listen to the heart of a friend. And yes, I also love to be heard as well. There is so much grace in those moments. That time we get to spend with our friend is so rich and wonderful, but don’t stop there. Take time, actually make time, to pray together as well. There’s something supernatural that takes place.
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