Once again, life seems to be in just a bit of upheaval here again, but thankfully, it is nothing like we had back in the winter when my mom fell and broke her hip. It is more a confluence of little things and slightly larger things that are taking my precious personal time that I try to guard as much as possible until circumstances demand some of it. I am missing my quieter mornings right now, for sure, but hopefully things will return to normal soon, too.
I managed to take some time off earlier today to reconnect personally with a high school friend who is in town for a couple of weeks to see her elderly parents. We have not seen each other in person since 1976, although we reconnected a few years ago on Facebook. My friend and I met for a tentatively scheduled two-hour coffee visit at Starbucks, and four and a half hours later, we had to finally cut off our visit with the hope that we will be able to get together one more time before she leaves to return to North Carolina.
On my drive home, I felt especially blessed to have been able to reconnect recently with so many long-lost friends from my younger days, and I have been truly amazed at how we have all been able to pick right up where we left off. The love and caring concern is still there in every reunion, and I realized that I have so many dear friends, even though we have been apart for decades. I have also been amazed at how similar a path many of us have walked in our respective lives as far as life challenges, too.
Today, my friend and I discovered that we share several similar family struggles, including one that is quite unique. This certainly helped to fuel the discussion for our extra long visit, but we also found that the friendship that we enjoyed in high school was founded on such a solid foundation that we will likely be dear friends the rest of our lives, despite the fact that we live hundreds of miles apart.
There are days that God sends such a special treat my way when I need it most, and this was one of those days, a special reunion with a dear friend that blessed me in such a wonderful way! I am especially grateful today, and I have cried tears of joy… always a good thing.
This beautiful song has been a favorite of mine for decades, and it expresses my heart so perfectly today where my friends, both new and old, are concerned. May it bless you richly today.