What if we took the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NAS) and replaced the word Love with Friendship for after all, friendship, true friendship, is a form of love.
Friendship is patient, friendship is kind and is not jealous; friendship does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; friendship does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; friendship bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
When I think of friendship in this light, I realize that sometimes what we think is friendship is not, and what we want in a friend, we may already have. When I think of friendship in Biblical terms, I realize we are blessed with friends and I am so grateful.
We had the opportunity to spend a day with friends at Prospect Lake in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. This is a huge family gathering for our friends and to be welcomed in, if only for a few hours, brings us such joy. To sit and watch the girls swim and kayak, paddle board and roast hotdogs over an open fire brings me peace. Despite the crazy heat, there was a breeze blowing and a quick downpour to cool everyone off. When the rain passed and the hazy heat returned, it was time for us to say our goodbyes and take the 2 hour journey home.