Maggie and Me

Cameron Elizabeth Scruggs

My best friend Margherita lives in Milan, Italy. I call her Maggie. We met a few years ago in Yellowstone National Park. I was on vacation with my family, and she and her family were visiting all the famous parks in America. My dad says that God brought us together. I agree. How often do best friends live halfway around the world?

Maggie n Me Ftr IMG_5827When Maggie and I first met, we exchanged email addresses; and we got to know each other through our emails. Then we decided to swap journals. We each had a journal that we wrote in every day; and after a month, we would switch journals. In the journals, we sent pictures and articles and we kept up with what was going on in each other’s lives. We got to be close friends.

One day, I came up with a plan to have Maggie come stay with us over summer vacation. I emailed her that day to ask if she thought it would work. To my surprise, I received her answer the next day. She could come. She purchased a plane ticket, and we began to plan for the month that she would spend with my family.

Before she arrived, my parents began to worry. What if she is not the person we think she is? How will she influence our daughter? Will the girls get along for such a long time? We prayed that God would keep a hand on us and that we would all gain from this experience.

The day arrived; Maggie was here. In a short time, my whole family fell in love with her—and she with us. She became part of our family and my best friend. We shared laughter, joy, and tears. We knew that God had blessed us with the gift of friendship.

Her time with us came to an end so quickly! We gave her a going-away party the night before she left, and we each expressed what her visit had meant to us. At the airport the next day, we were all in tears.

Maggie gave us a letter to read after she left. It said, “I am grateful for the plans God made for me and for all of you. I know that I have found a great treasure: an unbelieveable friend and a great American family whom I trust and love.”

My mom says that some day I will tell my children about the summer Maggie became not only a friend but a part of our family.

We are now planning for my trip to Italy this summer. What could be better than spending the summer with my best friend?



God brings us together in friendship—even across great distances. Hum a hymn to celebrate friends around the world:

     In Christ there is no east or west,
     in him no south or north;
     but one great fellowship of love
     throughout the whole wide earth.
                    —John Oxenham, 1913

“Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord.”
                                          —1 Samuel 21:42a (NIV)

Cameron Elizabeth Scruggs is from San Antonio, Texas.

—from devozine (November/December 2004). Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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