Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin

Meditation: Last week when I visited Germany, I met my Kindergarten friend who I have known for 47 years. We spent two days together. It felt like a significant part of my story coming back to me. It was very healing to be with my friend. Both of us have become therapists. Both of us are married to therapists. Both of us have teenage children. My friend has a close relationship with my mother and sees her even more often than I am able to. I still remember my friend’s father vividly who just died. Currently my friend is going through health challenges. There was a bond between us beyond words. Our emotional connection, our friendship that lied somewhat dormant was resurrected. When I left, it felt like my friend’s current reality became a new world inside of me. I feel different. Her challenges have become part of my emotional world. I am honored and grateful to have a friend who lives in my heart.

Prayer: God of love and friendship, time and space are no hindrance for You. Your love transcends all obstacles. Thank You for the time my friend and I had. It was short in human terms, but it was all we needed to be reconnected again. I pray for my friend’s health. Restore her in all ways possible. Give her strength for each single day and night. Surround her with love and with friends who can be physically more present than I am able to. Thank You for the power of friendship that outlasts time and that overcomes obstacles. Amen

Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder—watch out! (Proverbs 27:6)

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