Of Fires and Friendships: And How Do You Be a Good Friend?
After following orange detour signs
around winding silo-topped farms and rolled up bales of hay, the state park
road dropped down a hill and along a glassy river. Camp sites sprinkled both
sides of the road and we crunched into gravely sites.
Later, wrapped in cool autumn night,
we folded marinated chicken, red onions and peppers into tin foil, and dropped
them in the embers. As night fell cooler and supper steamed, we unwrapped our
lives, opening wide. Fire flickered on halves of faces as we shared struggles,
worries, joys, and God’s transformations. Silence soaked up our fire for a few
moments as we sat under more stars than I had seen for years and listened to
campground noises. Then filling our cups again, we laughed and talked some
Various seasons of life have made me
deeply grateful for friendships, near and far. Some friends I see weekly,
others every few months, or even once every few years; and some friends are
wrapped in family skin or siblings’ wedding ties; nonetheless I am deeply
grateful to them all.
As an old friend of mine ponders friendships, and various ones near me reminisce about days gone by, here is my
vow. I choose to be a good friend, regardless of circumstances and locations,
Choosing to listen often, and speak
Choosing to love you unconditionally.
Choosing to be transparent and
Deep caring friendships in today’s
world can be elusive. I am blessed to have them, and work hard at being a good
friend in return. What do you feel are the top two or three traits of good friendship? What
trait do you wrestle with being yourself?
P.S. I love getting to know you guys. Do you want to grab a photo of yourself that expresses something you enjoy, post it with a small description, and then copy my site's link into your blog post? We can hop into a show-and-tell time together. :) I love camping and being in the woods. Even just a short walk outside causes me to breathe deeper, stretch my shoulders high, and smile, connecting deeper with God.