Friends Along the Way

In our journey in this life, we run across many people. Some become our friends, some are co-workers, and some are just passing through. Then there are the distinctive few, that become your best friends, your confidantes. There’s a special connection that puts them on a different level than other friends. Growing up, they would be your best friend.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to connect with our friends, Dan and Sandi. For the past 4 and 1/2 years we’ve shared the birth of children, music, cancer diagnosis (and recovery), the passing of other friends, and the struggles with our jobs and even with our spouses. Now, Dan and Sandi are leaving. They have a job opportunity they can’t turn down. We’re very excited for them, but as my husband and I are thinking about them, we realize we don’t have any other friends on the same level as Dan and Sandi. We have acquaintances, and other friends, but none we have the same connection with as we do with these extraordinary people.

We are thankful to God for blessing this friendship, and bringing these wonderful people in to our lives, but truly our hearts are breaking as we watch them leave and head out to new adventures. It’s strange knowing there’s no one here in our hometown that we have this same level of friendship with… but maybe that will change in time. We trust God to guide us and bring new people into our lives who will bless us as much as Dan and Sandi have.

We need to take the time to cultivate friendships, and make people count in our lives. We get wrapped up in day-to-day living, problems with the kids or issues at home. It’s easy to focus only on our own situations. But we can’t do that always. We need friends, we need fellowship, and we need to share our lives with others. Value your friends for they are precious.

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1 Comment

  1. Betsy Ann

    Very, very true! Wise words, Beka! Thanks for sharing. Its hard to lose friends – I have off and on growing up, but I think as adults its harder, because you really everything involved. When you're a kid, its a simple as “oh, your dad has to work in another city now” and off they go. Now you realize the prayer, the tears, the heartache that goes into such a decision to leave a hometown or close friends and its hard to watch! Hard to react to. Your friends are both blessed to have you and your hubby in their lives, too! Sounds to me like such a heart bond between 4 people won't be easily forgotten. I hope you get to keep in touch and see each other as often as possible. Hey, we know from experience that email buddies rock, right??? =)


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