Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 16: good evening! This is today’s gratefulness. This morning’s gratefulness belonged to yesterday but I was too chill and forgot. 😊
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about not having close friends at my age. It was a real stick in my craw, y’know? I lamented my friendless state while acknowledging the limitations that I had placed on myself and those who might be trying to be close to me.
Since then, God has blessed me with some great people in my life who are not only successful but wonderful people to boot. Not bougie at all (the black people definition, not the Webster’s definition), these people bless me with their nonchalant humbleness despite having some spectacular achievements among them: doctors everyone, all saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, and having the kind of conversations that both my husband and I find refreshing and interesting. Just today, we had late lunch together, laughing and talking about life as we ate at a new favorite spot here in Nashville.
I also had the great honor and pleasure of reconnecting with some old friends who are really more like family. Some on the phone, others face to face, we laughed and talked, too–recalling past shenanigans and marveling at where life had taken us from and God has brought us to. We shared war stories about dating, marriage, parenting, working, traveling, moving, each smile a reminder that we are loved and forever bonded at hips and hearts.
I am grateful today for every friendship that I have. Some were temporary, meant only for a time and a season while others have been going on and on through years of change and circumstance. A few are deliciously brand new and developing. Every single one is precious to me as I walk this lonesome road of spiritual development. I thank God for wise, intelligent, and honorable friends who are loyal and loving, merciful and kind. I look forward to growing and knowing that as I step out of my self-generated shell that these souls anchor me to the world outside my mind. No man is an island (John Dunne), and I am glad to be roots in good ground. I celebrate those who have stepped into the realm of family for us, adding joy and beautiful insight to our often complex and complicated lives.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24 KJV
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Proverbs 17:17 KJV
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 KJV
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