Walks with Friends

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25(ESV)

My son has some great geeky friends he likes to spend time with. Most of their time is spent together, though separately, in their own homes, on their computers, while they program or play virtual games. This has become the norm with the current social distancing in place.

A wonderful part of their friendship is that the moms have become great friends as well! In the past, we’ve enjoyed hanging out together, talking while the guys do something on their own. We’ve gone out to eat together and have had gatherings at houses as well.

But my favorite activity of all are the long walks we share! Getting together outdoors and exploring really gives us the opportunity to take in some fresh air and see the sights. It frees us up to talk about what is in our hearts and minds. There are fewer distractions and we’re able to think clearly about what is going on in our lives. Plus, we can convince the guys to go outside for some exercise with the peer pressure!

While the guys talk about school assignments, computer programming, and math problems, the ladies talk about our families, trips we are planning, and new recipes we are trying. We also talk about the changes, both positive and negative, in our lives and hopes for our futures.

Friendship is an important part of God’s plan for our lives. He desires for us to connect with others, to share our needs, hopes, and dreams, as well as to do practical things together. We can help each other to talk through our problems and provide support in the difficult times. We can also rejoice for each others’ accomplishments and spur each other to move forward. I am so blessed to spend my life in the company of friends!

Dear Lord,
Thank You for the friends You bring into our lives. Thank You for the unique gifts of each friend. Please help us to continue to find ways to share our time together.
In Christ’s name, Amen.

Journal: Think about your special friends. How can you find some new ways to spend time with them? Are there others in your life who could use the invitation of friendship? How could you reach out to them?

Photo by Anthony Intraversato on Unsplash

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