Friday, August 7, 2009

Friends


I have been in the doldrums, adrift on a sea of hot summer days that seemed to stretch to the horizon. Then, like a freshening breeze, a phone call from a treasured friend with an invitation to lunch.

We sat around her beautifully set dining room table today, six women who have forged a friendship over many years. Busy lives don't allow us to get together very often. We hadn't seen each other since our Christmas lunch in this same room, but it was as though we had never been apart.

We shared laughter, conversation and good food. We played games and caught up on all the news. I sat and savored the sound of words and laughter flowing into and around each other, and I thought how different this was from other gatherings I have attended. I am ashamed to think of the critical, judgemental words that peppered those conversations - the gossip (for there is no pretty word for it). We can disguise it as "just sharing", but it leaves such a bad taste in the mouth.

These friends are God's precious gifts to me. They call me to go higher and deeper. I am so thankful for their Godly influence in my life. We spent the last hour and a half together in prayer - each one taking her turn to sit in the little rocking chair as the others laid hands on her and prayed. What a blessing. Thank You Father for such friends.

Blessings,
Linda

13 comments:

  1. What an amazing gift in the midst of the desert! You are blessed to have such a great group of friends, and to have the one who got you all together during this tough summer. I just wish we could get together for lunch!

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  2. Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend, Proverbs 27: 17!

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  3. And this is what all women's friendships should be like, though sadly they are not. What a treasured blessing they must be to you.

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  4. What a beautiful, sweet, time you had! I'm so thankful you had this day...such a gift.

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  5. Oh yes, what a blessing these types of friends are! I'm so glad the Lord provided this needed time for you and them. I was especially impressed by the time spent in prayer for one another. Who (but our Lord) knows the fruit that will abound to so many as a result of that time spent before His throne!

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  6. What a beautiful blessing! There is nothing quite so precious as godly friendships!!

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  7. What a beautiful treasure, Linda...
    I think that I can sense the spirit of your gathering from the photo ...
    So tenderly written...
    and I'm glad you had this lifting up of your spirit... love of friends and family is so important.
    All the best... Maria

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  8. Friends are definitely life savers from God sometimes! What a blessing they are!

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  9. Oh, what a blessing, Linda! That sounds just wonderful. So glad the Lord provided that for you. I know how it is to be down in the dumps, but our God has a way of coming and touching us with His hand of love through friends such as this. Blessings to you all.

    I see you're on Facebook. I'll send you a friend request!

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  10. Lot's of posts this week about friendship. I'm so glad for your refreshing time of feasting! Be blessed!

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  11. what an awesome way to end at gathering of friends. Laying hands on and praying for that person. You have some very special friends

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  12. You are indeed very blessed to have those type of friends in your life, dear Linda. I know what you mean about some gatherings not being very pleasant because of the gossip and such but when true friends get together and share their pure hearts, then that's all that matters:-) xoxo

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