How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
(Author: Martha Mihalick)
There is one area that I have been blessed beyond a shadow of a doubt and it’s with my friends. I’ve been surrounded by love and laughter and support for as long as I can remember. Yes, I’ve run into a few friendships that would be considered “toxic” but for the most part I’ve been blessed beyond belief.
I’ve thought all afternoon about what I would pick or how a friendship has changed me. I’ve come up with some pretty decent answers. However, in a sudden burst (gotta answer the prompt, people) this particular “friendship” became my answer.
I’ve only been reading Jason’s blog since this whole reverb thing started. So, what 16 days? And his answer for today just showed up in my Google Reader. Go there and read it now.
All of his blog posts hit me for reasons I’m probably never going to talk about here, but this one really grabbed me. It’s so easy for me to think that I’m happy, go-lucky and carefree because I’m healthy or a good person. But I don’t think that’s true. I think I’m well-adjusted because I’ve been loved in a fierce way by many people throughout my entire life. Just like Jason I’ve been buoyed by love, I’ve just never gotten close enough to the bottom to know that was what was happening.
There’s a song we sang at a church we used to go to. I don’t remember the words or the title but it talks about thanking Jesus for loving us. Mark always said that it would have been great to project the photos of the people who have loved us on a screen as we sang it because that’s how Jesus loves us, through those times when we love on one another.
Thank you, Jason, my new blogging friend, for giving me a much better understanding of what my friends do for me every day.