"What made us friends in the long ago When we first met? Well, I think I know; The best in me and the best in you Hailed each other because they knew That always and always since life began Our being friends was part of God's plan."
Those words are written on a plaque that's been on our wall for years now. It was given to us by friends in a Colossians 2:7 Navigator bible study group Tom led when we lived in Newport News in the '80s. Whenever I pass by the plaque in the hallway, I think of those folks in that two-year study and the friendships that were formed. We still correspond with a couple of the families and delight in hearing how the Lord is working in their lives.
I think of friends, too, when I see my little gift bag I have that's crammed full of correspondence, some with whimsical stickers and others with hearts and beautiful envelopes--friends' love letters--how can I bear throwing any of them away! I began keeping letters and postcards many years ago...and some are so old the stamps on them are about a third of the price of what they are now!
From previous posts you already know I love cards, letters, postcards, emails--anything that speaks of keeping in touch. Friendship grows and deepens when you know what's going on in friends' lives. Heart ties strengthen when you know how to pray for friends and mention their name daily before the Father. Friends keep in touch so that praying specifically is possible.
I've had friends tell me they feel they get a personal letter from us every day when they read the family blog. Blogs are definitely a way of keeping in touch, but there's something extra special about a personal letter that comes winging its way to you from who knows where when you least expect it and when you need to know a friend is thinking of you at just that moment.
"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." ~Proverbs 25:25
I'd like to encourage you to take time out of your busy daily schedule to drop a note, card, or if you have time, a letter to a friend to show them the beauty of friendship in the written word.
"A friend is one to whom we may pour out the contents of our hearts, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away." ~Arabian proverb