Monday, June 11, 2007
Ode to Friendship...
I wish that I really had the time and mental creativity to do an actual 'ode', but my innermost thoughts and feelings will have to do instead.
I love the quote that says "there's no friend like an old friend." In my life that has proven itself true over and over. No matter the acquaintances that I make or the new friendships I endeavor to forge, there is something very precious (in the truest sense of that word) about my old friends. Whenever I am with any one of you there is a warmth in my heart that just permeates my being. It is like a *sigh* in a way; spending time in the presence of people with whom you can just "BE". That's all: just be. No pretense. No "wall" up. It is priceless!
This past weekend was just such a time. Having Brent and Sonja here on Saturday and Sunday was such a treat for our family! Of course, Brent with all of his hand sounds, etc., jokes about being a bad influence on the children. Truthfully, hand-sounds aside, I can only say that it thrills me for my children to be around my friends. My kids still haven't stopped talking about them. In fact, today Cameron asked me if Brent and Sonja would please come back and go on our family vacation with us in 2 weeks! And Lauren has expressed repeatedly that she wishes they could just have stayed indefinitely! Thanks, guys, for being such great role models of joy and happiness and Christian FUN to my children!
We enjoyed wonderful times of fellowship, eating (!), and just yacking on Saturday evening. And Sunday morning our church service was marked with God's presence. God used Brent in a wonderful way to bring encouragement and healing into our midst. In fact, our service ended with a time of annointing and prayer for healing. We were so thankful and proud to be able to offer a service with Brent...for we knew that not only the good music but the integrity of life and spirit would be an example to our people.
My life has been enriched and so much sweeter for having friends like so many of you. No matter who on the WWW comes across this post (!), you know who you are of which I speak. When I count my blessings, my friends are right up there at the top.
Here's some pictures of our weekend. I'm sure Sonja will probably have some to post as well, so maybe we can avoid duplication at least a little! In fact, Sonja has one VERY SPECIAL picture that is truly a priceless treasure. I will hold off and let her post that special one!