Friday, May 07, 2010

What's the big deal about Friendship? (Guest Writer at S.U.M.)

I've been asked to be a guest contributor at S.U.M. for the month of May.  Our series this month is Friendship with God.  Today was my first contribution to this series.  Below is an excerpt and a link to the full article.

If you like this please check out the other posts made by Lynn and Dineen this past week.

Friendship with God - The Journey Starts Now
posted by Lynn - Friday, April 30th

Friendship with God: Come Just As You Are
posted by Dineen - Tuesday, May 4th

A few days after Lynn asked me to be part of this series, I was having lunch with two of my friends at work when the subject of friendship came up. One of the ladies began to share how she’s never had any really close friends and how she often does not feel like she truly belongs in any group of which she is a part. As the two of us listened we had tears in our eyes. I’d like to say it was just tears of compassion, but in reality it was also tears of empathy because both of us knew exactly what she was talking about. We both felt the exact same way but had never had the courage to voice our feelings. This lunch was a turning point in the friendship the three of us share and I’m thankful my friend was willing to share her heart with us.

This conversation got me to thinking about how many of us, especially women, crave a deep intimate friendship with someone, but seem to not be able to ever really find it. We begin to wonder what is broken within ourselves to keep others at such a distance. Or is the problem with everyone else, why don’t they understand us? Why can’t we find that kindred spirit that understands us, loves us and accepts us – the good, the bad and the ugly? Why can’t we find that special friend who we can pour our hearts out to, share our hopes and dreams with? Someone we can be ourselves with, someone with whom we can let down our guard?

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