A Blessed Reunion With Old Friends

Friends…

We all have them. Or we all had them at one point or another…

Old friends. Current friends. Future friends.

Life has a way of bringing us together and, occasionally, taking us on different roads…

Today I met with some of my old friends. Girls I grew up with in the same church.

Blessed, wonderful, amazing, godly women.

Some of them were close friends at one time. “Bosom friends,” in the words of Anne Shirley.

Sleepovers, sharing our secrets, dreaming about what life would be like in 10 years…

The funny thing is: We never thought life would be what it is today. (At least I never imagined it to be this way).

We thought we would always be together…

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“A friend loves at all times, and a (sister) is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

However, today we are spread out across cities, states, and countries… Belonging to different communities of believers in Jesus… Each of us having a family… Each having a unique worldview, a unique passion, a unique ministry…

But when we met today for breakfast, after many years of not seeing each other, I couldn’t help shake off the feeling that we traveled back in time.

Not in a sense of a literal time travel, but in a sense that I was flooded with memories of our youthful gatherings, when we simply enjoyed each other’s company.

We laughed and we shared our stories. We shared our passions. We shared our motherly concerns for our children, who live in a present world full of adversity…

We are so different and yet so connected to each other. Each at a different and unique place in life, but each with a common link that connects us forever: our past.

Interestingly, although the past is what connects us, we did not dwell on it.

The present is so much more beautiful and meaningful to each of us.

Our children, our spouses, our families… our relationship with the AUTHOR of our lives…

Our relationship with Jesus is the strongest chain link that connects us to each other today

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“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:10 (NLT)

I am simply overwhelmed and awestruck, thinking about God’s grace. It is utterly amazing how God’s grace changed our hearts and our lives…

God’s grace brought us together today and it is God’s grace that will bring us together again.

We may not even have another chance to meet again on this earth, but I am looking forward to seeing each one of these women, sitting together by a giant campfire in eternity, worshipping Jesus and rejoicing at how He saved us…

I marvel at this thought…


Without a doubt, today’s fellowship was a huge blessing to me, and I praise God for the opportunity to see these dear women.


After this blessed reunion, as I was driving home, I prayed that Christ would continue changing us and working more miracles and wonders in our lives…

I prayed for the woman who dedicated her life to reaching the lost souls in Russia, far away from the mundane comfort of life in the US. Her family is returning back to Russia to continue their ministry and I ask you to keep them in your prayers.

I prayed for the woman whose ministry is having a huge impact on young people in her church. These kids may have her as the ONLY positive influence in their lives and I ask you to pray for God’s anointing to be on her…

I prayed for the woman who grieves, as I do, about people who are stuck in “religion,” and are unable to enjoy the full richness of a relationship with our Father, as it was intended to be…

I prayed for the woman whose job is to help other women bring life into this world. She is such a blessing to so many mothers around our area! I pray that God would continue working through her.

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I prayed for the woman who has been an encouragement to me so many times. She is an example of a devoted godly mother, always striving to be the Proverbs 31 woman in her household. May our Lord continue blessing her in all she does and may her children learn from her example.

I prayed for the woman who is passionate about adoption and I pray for the woman who is reserved but her heart is full of holy desires she may not share publicly. May our Father richly bless you both in your ministries and your special callings.

I prayed for the woman I did not get to know very well. Know this, dear soul. God knows you and loves you more than anyone ever will be able to know or love you.

I prayed for the woman who grieves for her loved ones who don’t know Jesus. I pray with you for our brothers and sisters – for them to know our Savior the way we know Him…

I pray for our children and I pray for our spouses… I pray for our families to be true examples of godly families that will impact the world around us.

I also pray for those who did not have a chance to meet with us today.

Most of all, I pray for those who do not know Jesus… Those who rejected and continue to reject Him… May God’s love and grace touch your hearts and change you from the inside out…

Waiting for the biggest reunion of all time – when we will stand, sing, dance, kneel – before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Maranatha!

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