I love this picture of a woman worshiping at a retreat I did in New Hampshire. Because of our love relationship with Jesus, it dramatically changes our relationships with one another. Here’s a few illustrations from my life – and we’d all be encouraged to hear yours.
In looking for friends, I am prayerful and alert. I will take a risk based on faith. My first Bible study was a huge risk for me, for I was new to Seattle, didn’t know my Bible, and was so lonely. All I did that day was cry (how embarrassing!) – but two women reached out to me who have remained friends for thirty years. (Patti and Lorinda!)
When Steve died I so missed his spiritual sharpening. I thought about which friends had truly been that for me, and Ann and Sylvia, friends from twenty years before, immediately came to mind. Though we now lived in three different states and basically just kept touch at Christmas, I called and asked if we could rekindle our friendship. They graciously said, “Yes!” At least yearly we get together for three or four days. They are coming to the cabin Monday! (Ann from Fargo, Sylvia from Jacksonville) We have lists of things to talk about: how God has worked in our lives, what we are learning from Him, a discussion of Tim Keller’s Prodigal God and the new first chapter of my new book, and how we want to pray. I can’t wait!!!!!
How about you?