Day Four: Receive Friendship

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.

“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” 

― A.A. Milne

Over the last several months, I’ve discovered I have more than one friend like Piglet —caring, compassionate, and so brave.

As I’ve been walking through the process of healing, I’ve had friends who stuck around even when I wasn’t okay.

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I have friends who are not scared of the sadness.

I have been given friends who have shown me I am more valuable to them than anything I can do.

I have been given friends who will sit with me as I tell my story through the tears.

I have friends who will sit with me and watch movies, because words are unnecessary at the moment.

I have friends who have helped me find ways to laugh in the present— without trying to cover the pain of the past.

Some of these friends have always been around, but have shown up in a new way. Others came out of the woodwork and surprised me. Others still have walked much of the journey with me and there are days when the roles are reversed. I am amazed. All I would have needed was one person like this, but I have been given several. God has provided for me in His abundance.

At times it has been humbling. It is a lot easier when I have something to offer. I want to be able to help, support or encourage. Instead, I keep showing up and trusting it will be enough. In return, I have received friendship and the deep peace of being known and loved.

(Click here to find my entire series “31 Days – Receive”)

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