giving thanks: a friend

"A friend loves at all times." 
Proverbs 17:17

We have a 30 day photo challenge over at Middle Places during this month of giving thanks with a list of things to find each day to be thankful for.  My daily posts may or may not always flow with that list, but today, it was simply "a friend".  

I have the blessings of many friendships in my life and I am so grateful for each of them.  As I've grown in the Lord, I've come to see these connections not as random coincidences or happenstance, but rather His divine provision.  His word tells us that He cares about even the smallest details of our lives.  He collects every tear in a bottle (Psalm 56:8); knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7); and He knows our every hurt (Psalm 34:18).   

Friendship is a gift - and that friend in your life, the one you instantly think of when you hear the word "friend"; the one you want to call or text the instant something hilarious happens so that you can share the laughter, or when something horrible happens so that you can share in the tears... that friend is a gift, too.

Though the Lord has graciously sent many to walk alongside me through this life, Stephanie is the one with whom I have likely shared the most heartache and heartbreak, tears and fears, and heaving laughter.  Our friendship has spanned the course of nearly twenty-five years.  Looking back, I can now clearly see His hand - and His threads - weaving through it all.  Truly, through thick and thin - the best and worst of this life.  Together, we have traveled through the darkness and through His grace, into His marvelous light of redemption.

She has seen the best of me and the absolute worst of me and true to His word, loved at all times.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 


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