A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. - Proverbs 17:17, ESV
I've discovered many things this past year. One of the greatest has been my need for true friends.
Those who love with a hand-dirtying, death-defying, self-sacrificing love that is only possible because the nourishment of the True Vine courses through their veins.
Those whose knees are bloody from the battlefield of prayer, who've stood fast in the gap when I can't find my own voice. My Father has not ignored their constant, earnest pleas on my behalf.
Those who have faithfully and patiently sharpened me with the Word. I am prone to follow my own course, and they gently bring me back to the Way, the Truth, the Life.
Near and far, these are the friends I cherish. They are more precious than silver or gold. Today, and every day, I thank God for each one of them.
*Continuing a November of thanksgiving at Rebecca's & Leah's.