These are all qualities important in friendship. But I don´t think these things alone make a friendship.
As trite and obvious as it is, friendships is born of love. And love is sacrificing. Love never intends harm. Love places others higher than self. Love rejoices in happiness and shares burdens. Love is service. And love is consistent, despite momentary fluxes in feelings.
I read a quote somewhere at sometime that said people are lucky if they have 3 good friends. Over my life I have been exceedingly blessed with some fabulous friends. A lot of us have gone our separate ways through the flow of life and growing up, but there are always more wonderful people in the world to be discovered.
Jettybetty has done this for a year today, and has inspired me to start doing the same!
Today I am thankful--
- for my true friends.
- for buses that come exactly when I need them.
- for MSN messenger, AIM, and Yahoo Messenger that lets me communicate with people I love far away!
- for the miraculous ability of the body to heal itself. My toe is almost 100%!
- for intuition and gut feelings that help us make good decisions.
- for the beauty of the Bible. Last night my Bible study group was in this passage--
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." John 14:1-7