Good friends are like stars.

You may not always see them,

but you know they’re always there.

The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for me due to reasons I don’t wish to discuss at this time. Let me just say that I’ve dealt with much emotional hurt. Thankfully this week I was able to reconnect with some friends who are helping me work through everything. I haven’t seen these friends in some time, but as the quote above says, I know they’re always there.

My first reconnection was with one of my best friends throughout middle and high school. She was, and still is, one of those people who genuinely cares about her friends. Talking with her and catching up with details of our lives was wonderful, although not all the news to share was good. Still, it was nice to talk to someone I know cares and will walk with me through the difficult times. She has done it for me many times before!

The second connection was with my absolute best friend growing up. We met in 3rd grade and pretty much did everything together for years after that. Talking to him the other day took me back to high school days when we had so many good times. I’ve known him so long that talking to him is like talking to a brother. It is unfortunate that we waited so long to reconnect. Our conversation was fantastic, as we both shared personal issues we are currently facing. Just as with my other friend, I know this guy will walk alongside me through the difficulties of life. He, too, has done it many times before!

Finally, last night I reconnected with some newer friends. While we haven’t known each other that long, this couple has proved to be there for me when I needed encouragement. I learned something new last night when I had dinner with them. I was told that they thought a lot of me and are regularly keeping tabs on me via social media. That made my week! I’m glad to have them in my life and hope we can connect more often. I feel they will be there with me along the way just as my lifelong friends are.

To be honest I had felt lately that many of my friends had abandoned me. I had not spoken with many for some time. This week reminded me that the quote at the top of this post is correct. I don’t always see (or talk to) my friends, but they are always there. And a select few shine like the stars! I’m very thankful and blessed to have these people in my life. They are important to me, and I promise to do my best to stay connected with them and talk more often.

Thanks to each of you for being there!!

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