Definition of a friend: a person you know well and regard with affection and trust.
Any of you still hang out with your old high-school buddies? The ones you’d sooner get in trouble with than be without. How many years has it been? Could you call them up today and know they’d come running or are they simply a piece of your past…a brick in the trail of memory lane? How tight are you with your family? Do you chat every day, laugh together, share your concerns, ask for comfort for your fears, or pass along prayer requests?
I got to thinking about friends today. With the holidays and all coming up, I tend to get a bit emotional (even for a hard core ex-firefighter like myself). You see, just three years ago, I almost lost my life. After suffering a third heartache only six days after a pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lung), I woke with the doctors holding the defibrillator paddles and strangers standing over me. At the age of 32, I was having a full blown heart attack sitting in my doctor’s office. (That’s what happens with rough living). I remember telling one of my very close colleagues (I worked in the OR at the time), “please don’t let me die. If I code again, don’t let them stop working on me.”
As you see, I did make it home. It took me a few weeks, but I finally made it home. My body still feels the effects. But this time of year I tend to look around at all I have. As a single mom to three kids, we don’t have much. There are many folks out there without jobs, without homes, without anything. I’m blessed to have a job that allows me to be home with my three crazy kids. I have a nice home. And I do have my health in better form than it was.
More than that…I have my friends. You guys. Friends I’ve never seen before. Friends I’ve never met, some I’ve never heard your voices, and some I’ve only seen the one picture you see above. So what does make up a friendship? How do people from all walks of life, all parts of the world, all different ages, views on whether or not Jesus should be kissing Frenda (lol)… how do all these people come together to form not only a lasting friendship but an incredible family?
The only glimpse I can offer is that each of you is an answer to a deliberate prayer for you to come into my life. (See Ron, it’s ok to ask for blessings for yourself…see where it got me??) You’ve all become so much a part of my daily life. More so than any family member I have. More so than the friends I thought I’d have forever ..way back when. You are my family, my strength, my encouragement, and my blessing! Each of you.
So..this one’s for you! PJ, Marv, Joyce, Kimberli, Justine, and Ron. May God bless everything you do today. Everything you ask for and all you reach for in each of your tomorrows. Thank you from the bottom of my scarred-up, battered, and finally healing heart!
I love you all!!!