While I was in High School, one of my favorite songs was Friends by Michael W. Smith. I could listen to this song every day. It brought lots of smiles and happy tears growing up as I spent my summers with friends from OAFC. Some of these people are still my closest friends. Some of them I’ve reconnected with and continue to keep in touch, and some of these people are just a memory, but a happy one at that.
College friends are very similar. I made some amazing friends in college and am very blessed to this day to still have a relationship with them. What’s even more amazing is that years went by from college graduation to reconnecting and when the reconnection was made, it was like there was no separation.
And now, I’ve come to realize this as an adult. I have my girlfriends, some whom I have been friends with since high school (like my BFF, Crystal). I have my mommy friends whom I met when I was a part of MOPS and am still good friends with and enjoy watching our children develop close friendships (thank you Jennifer L!). Some are my help keep me sane friends (thank you Dorothy). And some are my new friends (love you Jen C and Christee), but all in all, they are an important part of my life.
But I learned something this weekend as I watch Stephen struggle to work on our backyard fence. No one is perfect. Forgiveness is a part of life. And it’s okay to take yourself back to a place where you know you will always be loved and accepted, no matter how long you’ve been away. And this is what the friendship and relationships I have made at The Well are like. It has been nearly a year since I’ve seen any of these people in person. I’ve kept up with some on Face Book, but for the most part, after my PapPap passed away, I pulled away from anyone who loved me – especially people who loved me unconditionally. And although I regret this, I cannot dwell on it, and I am so thankful that with open arms, I was received back into the lives of these people, no questions asked. And I love them all very much because like the words of the song:
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long to live as friends.