Friends are amazing aren't they? Well, I think so! God has provided some fabulous friends for me over the years. Some of them were to be in my life for a short season and they are no longer there...some have been there from the beginning of time, seemingly, and are still there...and some have been brought into my life in these later years. I love them all!
It has made me sad periodically to have friends who don't stay in my life, but God has given me perspective on those friendships and has shown me the purpose for them. I would never have not wanted them in my life...they brought joy and fun and a sense of purpose!
I especially love the friends who have been around for a long time. They have stood the test of time and have decided to overlook many of my flaws and love me anyway! How great is that? I have a lot of flaws...so for someone to push through that annoying part of a friendship and just keep loving me is awesome.
But I do hold dear the friends that God has brought to me in these later years. To have new friends when you are old...to make the effort to care for and love someone when lives are filled with very important things to do...to sacrifice time that could be better spent on something or someone else...how incredible is that!???
I have been reminded just today of the value of friendship. The specialness of others who know me and still love me despite of me...God is truly great to do that for me!