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A good friend shared with me that her son and daughter-in-law are having a baby.  They found out that the child will be a boy.  They are naming him after the grandfather, her husband, “Michael.”  

As events, go, this happens daily on earth.  The physical transaction.  

But as an event in my life–between friends–this is extraordinary.  Joy erupted in my chest with the news.  Love for the family, Great happiness for the next generation.  

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends. –Walt Whitman (1819-1892)  img_0136

Friends are valuable.   Most valuable in the  journey of life, and as Lewis points out, not a coincidence, nor as Whitman has concluded deserved:

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ 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 disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for 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, The Four Loves

Prayer: Lord, may our friendships reflect you.  Help us to be a loving, wise friend and find the friends you have prepared for us.  Thank you for this gift of friends.  Amen.