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Lenten devotional - day 28

As we journey through life, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily living. We get so focused on our tasks and responsibilities that we often forget to pause and reflect on the blessings in our lives. Today, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for you and our friendship. And since I’m stuck on quotes…

"A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face." - Unknown

This speaks to the depth of our friendship. You have been there for me through thick and thin, and I am grateful for your unwavering support and encouragement, even when you can tell me I’ve been a moron. You have seen me at my lowest moments and have always been there to offer a listening ear, a kind word, or even a place to stay and be if I lose everything.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie

Your friendship has been a source of joy and abundance in my life. Through our conversations, shared experiences, and mutual support, you have helped me to see the world in a more beautiful light. You have helped me to find gratitude in the small things, and to appreciate the richness of life's blessings. And, you make me laugh most of the time. Laughter is holy.

"I thank my God every time I remember you." - Philippians 1:3

As a believer, a spiritual seeker, I know of the importance of gratitude in our spiritual lives. In this verse, the Apostle Paul expresses his gratitude for his friends, recognizing the value of their companionship and support. Similarly, I am grateful for you and the ways in which your friendship has enriched my life… I thank my God every time I think of you.

As we continue to navigate the ups and downs of life, I am grateful to know that I have you by my side. Your friendship is a constant reminder of the goodness and love that exist in the world, and I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

Maybe this has nothing to do with Lent. Or, maybe it has everything to do with Lent. After all, on the journey to cross Jesus wanted to be with those he loved. In one prayer in John’s gospel, he even is proud of these friends who will betray and deny and abandon him. Maybe friendship has everything to do with Lent. I am glad we are friends.

Until tomorrow perhaps,