What a privilege it is
to share life with friends.
How thankful we are to be
with people who love us,
companions who teach us,
gentle souls who comfort us,
lively spirits who make us laugh,
precious ones who keep us humble
and occasional characters who treasure us
even when we feel unlovable.
Good friends abide,
Staying with us without conditions,
Sharing with us in the complicated,
sometimes messy seasons of learning
how to live together.
Smiling with hugs in our joy
Lifting us past our sadness,
Joining us in our gladness,
Recognizing us in our humanness,
Remaining with us through our brokenness
And loving us in spite of it all …
So from our deepest selves we say
Thank you Lord, for the gift of friendship.
Now help us to be the best kinds of friends
that we most treasure.