As an Army brat, when it came to relationships, all my life I have felt like the poor kid with her nose pressed to the candy store window, watching those with coins buy their sweets. Because of the gracious invitation of my husband’s high school classmates, I have been adopted into Anderson High’s class of 1957. Now I am indulging in the rich sweetness of laughter, acceptance, forgiveness, and strength that accompanies long-standing relationships. I have been initiated into a circle of wonderful, sustaining love. God tells us there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Yet, we have the additional privilege of new friends to share our journey. We can hand them tips from our experiences, lessons from our mistakes, laughter from our own comedy of errors. This, too, is strengthening, God-given, and wonderful.
And we meet angels unaware, like the man who saw me reading my Gideon Bible as I sat beside the river in Greenville, S. S. “You have a Word from the Lord for me,” he said. I read from Colossians 1, and he related his testimony, how God took a homeless man and made him into a millionaire! We rejoiced together, two strangers who will share eternity.
God gives us relationships. We are created to love and be loved. Old friends, new friends, strangers we meet in passing. Let us take from those and give to those so we might become better people, learning from them, sharing life with them, and imparting a piece of ourselves in their lives as well.