"Who are all these people?" my husband and I asked each other as we strolled through the grocery store. The summer crowd has descended upon our lake community and there are lots of new faces. There are also the familiar ones who move in for either the summer or at least Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. There is an air of excitement as we reconnect with these people and pick up where we left off at the end of last summer. Laughter is good for the soul and we certainly did a lot of that with friends this weekend.
A cheerful heart is good medicine.
Today on my phone this C.S. Lewis quote on friendship popped up. Therein lies reason to thank God for the people he has placed in our lives and to watch expectantly for more friendships He wants to develop. Will our hearts be open?
"In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few year's difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting…any of these chances might have kept us apart. But for a Christian, there are strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciple, You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, I can truly say to every group of Christian friends, You have not chosen one another. The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out, it is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others. C. S. Lewis
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11