Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Friends


My friend Molly has a really good post up this week on her best friend, Danielle. It made me think about my recent trip to Minneapolis and how grateful I am for the dear friendships that I still have there. She ends the post by saying “I hope you have a Danielle in your life. I also hope you are being a Danielle to someone.”

Friends are a gift from the Lord. To have even one deep friendship in our lifetime is a mercy that we do not deserve, but a mercy that God lovingly gives to us. My two “Danielle’s” live in Minneapolis. Andrea, Steph, and I were friends from the beginning. Though we only lived together for six months it felt like we had been friends our whole lives. They became more than roommates to me. They are like sisters. No one can make me laugh like they do (except for maybe my brothers). We can look at each other and know what the other is thinking—usually this results in laughter, too. I never have to explain myself when I am talking, they just know. They understand me. They bear with my constant opinions. They are willing to listen, even when I talk way too much. But most importantly they make me love Jesus more. Their love for the Savior is evident in all that they do, and they are a constant conviction to seek him daily. One of my favorite things was listening to Andrea and Steph recite the church Fighter Verses to each other on Sunday morning. Walking with Jesus is real to them. Every time I am around them I am reminded of the Gospel because it is so real and personal to them. I can always count on them to be honest with me. They care about my holiness far more than my happiness. Last summer, when I was going through some really difficult circumstances, they cried with me. Bearing one another’s pain is a mark of true friendship.

God has designed us to be relational people. He has designed us to desire friendship and community with people, I believe because this is a part of being created in his image. The fellowship within the Trinity, and also the fellowship we have with the Father through the Son, reveals something important about our interactions on earth.

I am so thankful to the Lord that he has given me many dear friends. I do not deserve them. And I am so thankful for Steph and Andrea. Without their friendship I would be a completely different person. I pray that I can be as much of a blessing to them as they have been to me. My life is profoundly different now that they are many miles away from me. Even though we talk on the phone it’s not the same as living with them. But by God’s grace we have hope. This temporary separation reminds me that one day we will all be together. United with the One who calls us friend—and what a great friend he is.

4 comments:

steph said...

Courtney!

You spoke such kind words--thank you. I am so thankful to know you. You constantly encourage me and point me to Jesus, even when my unbelief creeps in. You encourage me to read. You never make me feel stupid when talking about Theology. You make me laugh and cry (when you come off of airplanes). Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and sister. I miss you so much and know that my room is always ready for another person. ;) Thank you for your friendship. Love you lots!!

Waldemar Family said...

I love those girls, too!


Miss you, Courtney. You have enriched our lives!

cdt said...

Steph,
I love you and miss you, too! You are such a blessing! Thank you for the room offer. I will keep that in mind. :)

Waldmar's,
You have enriched my life more than you know. I truly consider you family.

Love you both!

debt said...

Thanks, Court! You described my friend, Sonja. She has been with me through so much. It has been a privilege to know her and have her in my life. You are right that they are a gift from the Lord. May I also add, that you are becoming such a friend, as well. I love you very much and thank the Lord for you daily. You have become such a wonderful woman! God bless you for putting up with me.