What does a friend mean to you? This is how I define friendship:
A friend is someone who stands in the trenches with you when things get tough. A friend is someone who loves you at your finest and weakest hour. A friend is someone who prays for you and loves you no matter what. Friends do not judge you negatively, and they do not judge your family negatively either. Friends do not call you at the last minute to invite your child to a birthday party and explain they are only inviting your child because someone else cancelled and they want the numbers to come out even. (yeh, really happened). Friends DO stand by you when you and your family are going through a bad time. They remain your friend. They do not think less of you. They realize that since you are going through a bad time you need extra emotional support. They tell you you are the same lovable wonderful person, and that things will get better. They are there for you. They stand by you. They celebrate your friendship. They say they will pray for you and they do pray for you. They laugh with you and help you laugh at life. When they are guests in your home they say wonderful things about you, the food, your home, your family…… They are committed to the friendship. They understand when you neglect them, and you understand when they neglect you…..when you have been apart for years and have the blessing to be together again—it is as though you were apart for only 5 minutes or so. To a friend you are always worth it, worth it, worth it……Raise a glass to true friendship. They enrich us, embolden us, encourage us, and laugh with us.
Of course, the ultimate friend for me is God Himself. He is always there, always stands in the trenches with me, lived for me, died for me, rose for me. The Creator is the one who sent me my friends and reminds me to be a welcoming friend.
What comes to mind for you when you hear the word friend?