I wrote about friendship here and to be honest, this past week I experienced the loss of one. One that was very precious to me.
It makes it twice as hard since the lady I thought was a close friend of mine is someone I see often.
And I have no idea why. No way of making right what was wronged.
What is one to do?
My feelings (totally unreliable) tell me to keep people at arm’s length so I can ensure that it will never happen again. The problem with this philosophy is I would end up hurting someone else in the process. The Holy Spirit would be grieved.
I could ignore this lady, but Jesus said we are to pray for our enemies. (I don’t consider her an enemy, but I think you understand my point.)
But, the Holy Spirit whispers to me that I need to be kind whenever I do have contact with her. If he opens the door for communication, then I could with wisdom see if she will share with me what has caused this rift.
In addition, counting these wonderful gifts every day does help. It takes my mind off of the hurts and onto the blessing.
166. The pain from the loss of a friend which in turn drives me to arms of Jesus.
167. I will make my first installment for the editor’s fee on my book tomorrow! Yeah!!
168. God’s grace in difficult times.
169. God’s gift in a father who listens.
170. Answers to prayer.
171. A husband who doesn’t tell me to “just get over it!”
172. A son who is beginning to see the value of having a servant’s spirit.
173. Another son who told me that he loves it when he’s told that he’s a caring person.
175. My sister’s peace in the middle of her ever-growing trial.