I’ve spent a lot of time this week considering the many flavors of friendship I’m blessed to know. And rather than write a long entry about the people I treasure, I thought I’d resort to pictures taken in the last three weeks alone. Each one of these people is precious to me, though they’re as different as different can be! From Renee’s profound levity to Mari Ellen’s giggly profundity to Chance’s insane sanity and Squirt, Xena and Spaz’s Star company….. They’re all among God’s greatest gifts to me. And I’m grateful beyond words.
And then there’s the owner of this luminous pair of eyes, a former student who is precious enough to me that I moved out of my apartment in order for him to be able to stay here for a few nights. (Mind you, I got to have four short slumber parties with Mari Ellen as a payoff!) Unfortunately, at the time I write, he’s off camping in the pouring rain because I needed to move back into my own place for a couple nights before taking off for Switzerland on Tuesday. I’m feeling guilty….guilty, guilty, guilty, though I drove out into the rain in the wee hours and tried to find him.. (There’s a whole “nother” xanga entry there, but it’s still a bit too raw to just blurt it into cyberspace. Suffice it to say that when the hearts of Good Samaritans get adulterated by a fear of the appearance of impropriety, the trite but Truthful WWJD gets compromised. How sad that the potential nay-saying of some amputates the good-doing of others–and God gets impotented in the process. How shameful that our testimonies can be amputated of their most basic form of compassion, their hands tied by the fear of censure from fellow Christians. Again…that’s another entry I won’t launch into just yet, but you get the general drift of my thoughts.) Just so you know, the young man pictured has taught me volumes about the meaning of loyalty, friendship and the beauty of a sincere soul. Whoever said that beauty is ageless was clearly thinking of his spirit. The greatest perk of this “job”? The students–former and current. I’m grateful.
I love you, friends and students!! Thank you for giving me you.