Summer is now in full swing. The sun is warm, the children are out of school and the pools are open. For us summer means hours at the pool for swim team and a chance to take a family vacation. This year we decided to drive to South Dakota to visit friends, Ci , Jon, Josh and Nat. We have considered this family friends for a long time. Eric and Jon were house mates in their bachelor days and Ci and I taught school together. They were married 3 months after we were married.
We have moved several times since we were married and have made new friends in each area. However, Jon and Ci are some of the only people that we have been able to keep in touch with over the years. They are the kind of friends that no matter how much time has elapsed between calls or visits we are able to jump right in and catch up on the what is new in our lives.
Friends that have known you for a long time are rare and invaluable. These are the friends that have a history with you. They are the ones who have watched you grow in your walk with the Lord, they have seen you go from a mom of babies to a mom of teenagers, they remember the struggles you had with your parents and the insecurity you felt when your mother-in-law came to visit. They have been through the joys and sorrows of life with you.
If you have a friend that has known you for over ten years, you are fortunate. Life long friends are rare and their friendship is priceless. Why not give that friend a call today and catch up for a bit, but mostly just let them know how much their friendship has meant to you. And don’t forget to keep that friendship alive with quick emails, short notes and the occasional card.
If you don’t have a friend that you have known for over ten years, there is still time. She may be someone you are just getting to know or she may be someone you met years ago. Whether this friend is near or far continue to keep in touch with her. Someday you will be able to say she is a lifelong friend and enjoy the beauty of having a friend who has been there through the years.
Blessings to all of you,