I Have a Friend…

Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?  Richard Bach

Meditation: I have a friend who I have known since kindergarten. I adored her. She had black hair, brown eyes, and her skin was beautiful. I thought she was the prettiest girl I had ever known. We stayed together in the same classes all the way through High School. We would often meet after school playing, sharing life in our different families. At fourteen another girl came between us and took her away from me, which caused me great pain and anguish. However, we remained connected anyway in a way that sisters do. She became a doctor. I became a pastor. No matter how much time passed or how little we heard from each other over the past 30 years, there is a connection that nobody can take away. Today my friend is battling cancer. She had it a few years ago and was able to beat it. This time it came back, suddenly with no warning. I saw her this summer when she was going through chemo. We had tender moments together. Today, a few months later, I wish I could be with her. But I live so far away. Last summer I sent her four colorful reading glasses. Now I am sending her a warm blanket. I wish I could hug her at least once every day. I hope my blanket will.

Prayer: God, thank You for the intimacy of friendship. Thank you that we can be vulnerable with each other. Thank You for the days I could be with my friend last summer. I want to be with her now, but I can’t. I pray that You will surround her from all sides. Wrap her in Your arms like a blanket. Be there when she faces challenges she has not faced before. Let her know that I love her. Amen

I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. John 15:15