Five minute Friday – friend

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photo copy 11When someone chooses to call me her “friend,” I have to catch my breath. Did she just call me a friend? It blesses one of the most tender places in my heart.

It’s like a badge of honor to move from being someone a person just “knows” to being elevated to friendship status and I’m not talking about getting friended on facebook. If I am introduced to someone, I admit I pay close attention to how they refer to me.

I know someone who competes with others on the amount of facebook friends she has. It is massively annoying. That’s not friendship.

Recently in casual conversation, I discovered a new friend of mine was having a colonoscopy three days before I was going to have mine. We have shared some personal things in the short time we’ve gotten to know each other. It meant a lot that she shared intimate details with me about the procedure.

Writing for five minutes is a treasure. Do it!

Writing for five minutes is a treasure. Do it!

To enter that private place with someone and feel safe, to laugh and be encouraged, I received a gift AND a colonoscopy. One (the person) was better than the other (the procedure) but they went well together in a weird sort of way.

I received a text from this woman at 6:30 in the morning the day of my procedure. She was checking on me. I would have assumed she was asleep but early in the morning, she reached out.

Do you have any idea what a sweet comfort it was to ask her the most indelicate questions and feel totally safe? I’m praising God for the many people who call me their friend.

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9 thoughts on “Five minute Friday – friend

    • That’s really cool! I was happy to talk about friends today. Since making a conscience effort to make friends, I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m now going to check out your blog! Bless you, friend!

  1. So very true. It is amazing isn’t it? I think some of the younger generation will miss this for more years than we did because of facebook “friending” I think they get confused as to the true meaning of friendship. OTOH I think that facebook has blessed me with quite a few people that I would refer to as “friend” in the truest sense of the word.

    Thank you for sharing, and for giving me the courage to get my own blog going again. It has been fun and tremendously eye opening all at the same time…

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