I am grateful for good friends.
Soooooooo grateful. They have, bit by bit, molded me into who I am.
Those ones who still hung out with me after I tripped on the way to school and skidded down the sidewalk on my face and broke off my front tooth on the way to elementary school. And the ones who stuck with me at lunch up by the band room as a Freshman in high school because I was way to shy to be in the front hall with all the “cool” kids. The boys who helped me come out of my shy shell as a high school sophomore. The best girlfriends who I still can get back together with and pick up right where we left off even if it’s been a year since we’ve seen each other.
I’m grateful for my good neighbors and for the examples of other friends around me at church, volunteering at the elementary school, all those wonderful people who I know would drop anything to help me and who are doing good wherever they go and who inspire me to be better.
I’m grateful for my cyber friends from this blog…I’m so grateful for how many people I’ve “met” through this this thing who have inspired me with their comments and suggestions and wisdom.
With all this poetry stuff swirling around in my mind lately (see this post) I came across this quote a friend sent me that I adore.
It isn’t really classified as poetry per se, but I think anything C.S. Lewis writes is poetry so here you go:
"In Friendship…we think we have chosen our peer. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting—any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances.
A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends ‘You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.’ The Friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of others."
Yes, I do believe with all my heart that Christ has put such good people in my path. And I’m more grateful for that than I can ever find the right words to express.