Feb 16, 2005

On friendship

There is something about old friends. . . the ones who befriended you as you were, love you as you are, and encourage you to become more. And there is also a playfulness with old friends. They seem to bring out silliness in me that sometimes others don't see. Maybe that's because they knew me back when I was more carefree, and all we had to do was study, jump on the trampoline, throw water balloons from our roof top at visitors, and talk. We talked until the wee hours of the morning about everything and nothing at all. It was the combination of the two that was so great--going from deep discussions on theology and God's plan for our lives to prank wars and boyfriends. It is truly a blessing to have good friends. I am encouraged and inspired by the friendships that have sustained me for many years, and the new friendships that are developing and growing at this phase in my life. I am thankful for both! I love this thought by C.S. Lewis on friendship--
"But in friendship, we think we have chosen our peers. In reality, a few years differences in the dates of our birth, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another, posting to different regiments, the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting. . . any of these changes might have kept us apart. But, for a Chrisitian, there are strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of Ceremonies has been at work, Christ, who said to the disciples, "You have not chosen me but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another."

I am thankful that there are no chances with friendships--I am truly blessed by the friends God has chosen for me.

8 comments:

Chad said...

I can't help but think of our daughter when I read that quote. That gives me peace about her friends, her peers and her mate. I like your thoughts here.

jkreggp said...

I have always been thankful that you have had good friends. When you were in high school I would occasionally hear parents complaining about their children and their friends and the parents would look to me to commiserate, but I would say "nope, I can't relate."

Shelly said...

I love the quote from C.S. Lewis. I'm with Chad---it puts me more at ease about Hayley's friends and future mate. I am so thankful for the friendship God has blessed us with. You are one of my favorites!

Jana said...

Wow...what a great quote! I love C.S. Lewis. That quote is just a nugget of the incredible contributions he's made to the world. I hope you don't mind if I include this quote on my own blog, Summer...

Welcome to BlogLand!

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Chris Thompson said...

Hey Summer,

This is Chris, and I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your blog. I hope that everything is well in Texas. Jenny and I are moved in, and life is good. I can't wait to see you, Chad, and Ava soon. Tell Chad hi for me and give Ava a hug for me. That would probably mean more to her than "Chris says hi." In fact, that would probably mean more to Chad as well. Give him a hug for me, too. Peace.

In His Love,

Chris

Seth Thompson said...

Hey Summer, I have a blog now too. its at dikembemutumbo.blogspot.com

Blair said...

Hey Summer!

It's Blair Thomas from ACU. Found your blog via another blog.

Check out my blog! You can learn all about my wife and kid!!

http://blairthomas.blogspot.com

Pass it along to Chad and everyone else you come in contact with. They'll thank you for it later.

Blair