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TRANSITIONS

Heather Burcham, 22

Friendship is an awesome gift from God. People need love, and they enjoy finding other people to connect with, laugh with, and lean on when life gets tough.

I have been blessed with a few close friends, but I am beginning to realize that friendships change and evolve. While I’ve been off at college, one of my friends has gotten married, and another is moving to a foreign country for a new job. I never imagined life without these friends nearby, and I’m having trouble accepting that my friendships are changing.

Yet, what a blessing that my friends and I have been presented with such wonderful opportunities. We are all individuals with our own paths to follow and our own duties to fulfill as a part of God’s plan. Staying in one place for fear of losing our friendship wouldn’t be good for us.

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24b (NIV)

Thankfully, we have built strong bonds that will help our friendships endure, even at a distance. I also pray for new godly friends to be brought into my life. And most important: My best friend never leaves my side. Jesus is my constant companion and confidant. I am grateful for the love and support of Christ and my earthly friends.

 

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for friendship. As we grow, bring new friends into our lives; in the name of Jesus, our truest friend. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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