Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Real Friends

I bought a book on friendship yesterday. 

It is all done in black and white. 

The pictures are what drew me right to it. They are pictures from the past.....
ummm I would say the '40s and '50s. The pictures are on one page and a quote and scripture are on the opposite page. Some of the pictures were really funny, like the one of the lady in cat-eye glasses (even more ridiculous than the ones I wore in the second grade). The quote next to her photo says, "A friend sees you through rose-colored glasses."

The scripture next to that one is, "Love looks for the best." 1 Corinthians 13:7 (The Message)

I love this quote: "A friend is someone who can see through you and still enjoy the show."

How about this one: "A true friend is someone who has met your family and is sure you will overcome the law of genetics."

And: "A true friend will bend over backward to give you a lift."
The scripture for that one: "Encourage one another daily." Hebrews 3:13.

One more: " You can always tell a real friend: when you've just made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job."  You should see the picture for that one!!!!

Friendship is a special gift, a treasure, a Divine set-up.

Have you ever had a friendship end? A friendship that was deep and wide, secure and steadfast?
It is very painful. I am not sure you ever really get over it. It is like a death only its not. It is just something that is lost, gone forever, no way to get it back. 

Okay, if you read my last post you are probably saying "take the spoil". And that is right. But some battles leave wounds that take longer to heal than others. I do see great gain alongside my loss........and I do consider it my loss. I miss her........my confidant, my best friend. I thought she would always be there.........You know?

So if you are hurting today, I understand. May the Lord restore your fortune like He restored the fortunes of Job.

Your Friend,

Cheri~

"Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends." Philippians 2:2 The Message






4 comments:

HIS Daughter said...

Hi!
I found you through Laura's blog. I'm doing the Bible Study on Tuesday's with her...anyway..I saw your name and I was shocked.

Nothing bad! It is the name of an old friend of mine from high school and I hadn't heard anything about her in years and years.

Well, you aren't her, but I love your blog and this post was awesome! I love what you said about GOD putting that puzzle together that was your life.

Isn't HE the most wonderful, awesome, loving Father! I couldn't even find the pieces to my puzzle. I had shards of glass...and who could fix that window?

HE'S doing it lovingly a bit at a time...HE is the MASTER at all HE does!

I celebrate and praise HIM with you!

Blessings,
Teri

Joyful said...

Cheri, I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I had a special friend just announce to me one day that she decided she didn't need any more friends and she would no longer be my friend...however, I could continue to write letters to her, because she liked receiving them. I have continued to write to her off and on, but it's awkward when I see her almost weekly - never really know what to do. Friendships can bring such pain, but they can also bring joy. I'm thanking the Lord for the joy your friendship brings me.

Love ya,
Joy

Limolady said...

I know so very well how you feel. There are still times that I want to talk to C, but, that chain has been broken. I know this - I am your real friend and your are mine - in spite of genetics! I have had to learn the hard way ( mostly thru my inlaws) that not everyone comes back. Some people we are better without. You are one of the most beautiful and loving people I know. Somewhat like the Grandma we love....

I Love you,
Shala

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Thank you, Cheri, for this today. I needed it. I've lost many special friends. I lost three good friends this past fall. Ironically enough, they were my rocks when my beloved husband left in June. For some reason that only lasted for about four months and then they were gone. Poof!. I guess they could no longer handle my pain or what to do/say with me. I really don't know. Then, of course my biggest loss was of my husband who was my best friend. I try to count it joy in things I've lost. I do have to say, that I don't give up hope in Jesus bringing his child (my beloved) back to His path and to a restored and resurrected marriage. It's the impossible but He's the master of impossible, right?!
Love,
Paula