I looked at my calendar and work load and decided to cancel a monthly get-together with a friend. I could not spend time chatting over coffee, getting further behind.
Perhaps a short meeting would work.
Before our coffee had a chance to cool, we were laughing and crying and thankful to be together. We giggled like silly school girls. We relaxed and talked about insignificant things that mattered to no one but us. It was refreshing to “let our hair down” and just be ourselves.
In years of meeting together, we had developed a rare trust.
As we continued, we talked freely about our deep personal struggles not meant for others to hear. Confidential thoughts. Serious heartfelt issues that could only be told to a true friend. Very personal prayer requests for ourselves and for our family.
She, too, had considered changing our date.
As we parted company, we knew our one True Friend, Jesus, had encouraged each of us to meet. We needed the camaraderie of a simple friendship; tried and true. We needed hugs, tears, laughter and the encouragement that comes only from a true friend.
I wonder about you; do you have a true friend?
Each of you hold a special place in my heart. Many I know quite well; others slightly; still others only through seeing your name on my list and praying for you and your family. I wonder how your life is going. And if you have a true friend to lean on in the good times as well as the bad.
A few moments with True Friend can change your day.
My workload is still there; somehow it seems lighter. Later I walked outside on the deck, drank in the cool, clean air, and felt as though I could conquer the world (for a brief moment.) I’m thankful for those times. I pray fresh air and sunshine and true friends for your busy days.
I can’t come by your house today and hold your hand or hug your neck, but
Here are a few things I can do for you today.
1. I can encourage from an understanding heart. I have been there, in the trenches and in the good times. I know firsthand that every caregiver, parent, or child needs hope, love and understanding.
2. I can pray for you. I believe that the love of God knows no boundaries. I believe He cares for us in ways we cannot understand. I believe He wants to comfort you and strengthen you and those you love.
3. I can listen to you. I am a good listener. Sometimes, just talking helps. And when you can’t talk with someone, I want to encourage you to set aside a few minutes each day to journal your thoughts and your feelings.
Lots of chattering today. Sometimes it’s good to just sit down and talk to an old friend. I really do care about you; I hope you know Jesus cares, he is the True Friend.
So, do me a favor, next time you have the urge to throw up your hands and scream, let me hear from you! Please let me know when a column meets your need. How can I be a better encourager for you personally?
Hugs, prayers, and blessings,