“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” —George Eliot
My family is spending a couple of days with some special friends. Last night, as all of our kids were off playing together, Betsy and I were able to talk with Greg and Becki for a couple of hours. How incredible it was to be able to pour out all of our unfiltered thoughts—our dreams, our struggles, our questions, our concerns. Then to have these gentle friends help us work through them together.
My prayer for all of you is that you would know the joy of having such friends in 2009. If you already have these kinds of friends in your life, make sure that 2009 is a year in which you invest heavily into nurturing those friendships.
A true friend is one of God’s greatest gifts to us!