Friendship is a valuable piece of my life. I have friends who have cried me through extraordinarily rough times and have laughed with me in cheerful, fun times. True friends forgive my weaknesses and celebrate my successes. Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and really want to know the answer.
This past week, I’ve spent time with an old friend from high school that I hadn’t seen in thirty years. It was like we hadn’t missed a beat. Time melted the years and the wrinkles away.
Lives touch other lives and past friends continue into the present. If we offend or have been offended, The Lord’s Prayer states, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us.” Friends do just that.
We all make mistakes, and often that can cause pain. As Bob Marley said, “The truth is… everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Friends keep us balanced, filling the scales with light and heavy memories. There was a song I learned in Girl Scouts about making new friends, but keeping the old: “One is silver and the other’s gold.” Hopefully, we can all strive to be a friend of worth and value.