Heart friends. That's what I call them. You know - those are the kind of friends that are easily connected to your heart. I have a few of them. I have a few of them here and a few of them scattered across the globe.
Yesterday was spent with friends that were not from around here; two of which we hadn't seen in years. To say that it was a treat would be an understatement of the year. It was not only touching, it was epic to see them; to spend time with them again. Sitting around the table, eating meat and cheese with soft white buns, and bright red strawberries with fresh homemade whipping cream, we realized that we had been friends for 3 decades. We hadn't talked in years, but it was as if we hadn't left each other; like we had just taken a long breath in order to start talking and sharing again. It was that magical.
We have created a thousand memories together, laughed until our bellies ached and cried buckets of tears.
Friendship is something money can't buy. It's something that you have to give yourself to - your heart, your journey. You have to be vulnerable - even raw at times. That's what we have shared with these guys. We have gone through moves, and babies, and deaths and weddings, and prodigals and everything in between, together.
Time is a beautiful thing for some friendships. Time tries and tests and weighs - how important; how deep you dug that well of friendship. and for these friendships, time proved that we dug the well deep. Rich, filled with power, redeeming, satisfying, loving, friendship.
How I love these people and how I love God for bringing them into our lives 30 years ago. Yesterday, I needed them so desperately.
When my oldest son heard that all six of us were getting together he said, "You know, Mom, things could get really silly." He remembered the laughter until the wee hours of the morning. We've talked about crazy things - silly inside jokes that make ONLY US laugh. We've talked about deep things - like faith and doubt, beauty and sorrow, lovely things and ugly things. We've shared meals, and vacations, and plays and missions trips and dinners and dozens of cheesecakes and saved the world a million times through our plans and thoughts. The list goes on and on.
This is what life is all about. Finding people who will become the
words to the heart song you choose to sing; finding your people - your
friends - who walk with you through the confusion, through the beauty,
through the gross darkness and through the streams of light.
Time and distance has never separated our hearts, our lives from intertwining.
Thank you, my friends.