Tuesday, September 11, 2018

life-giving friendships

I listened to my poet (aka the archer) recite limericks for a high school field trip in the woods.

Labor Day weekend with friends.  A trip to the farm made us want to jump for joy.

Others in the family had to "fake it until you make it" sort of joy (guess who:)) at the day's activity.

One day they'll all cooperate for a family photo.  For now, I have plenty of pictures that look like this.

Labor Day night with these beauties.

And we're not too old to do this....

Our handsome better halves with my girl Rosie.

I tossed the mail onto the counter.  A pile of magazines and envelopes blanketed the surface.  Among the heap, I pulled out a letter from Compassion International.  The envelope easily sliced open and a photo slid into my hands.  It was a picture of our Compassion child with prayer requests listed under his photo.

I scanned the list of prayer requests for our Compassion child.  My eyes zeroed onto the request for "life-giving friendships."

Life-giving friendships.

I'd never heard that term before.  

I've often prayed for my kids' friendships, but rarely have I specified about what sort of friends.  I dissected the word.  What does a life-giving friend look like?  Giving.  Loving.  Compassionate.  Loyal.  Sacrificial.  Enduring.  Yes.  Yes.  These are the friends I want to invest in our Compassion child's life, and my children's life.  These are the sort of friends that enrich and enhance my own life.

My teenage and pre-teen boys are entering the world of adolescent friendships.  At times, it can be messy, hurtful, and awkward.  As a parent, it's hard to navigate my role as mender of wounds, protector of hurts, gatekeeper of dangers, and matchmaker to suitable peers.  

I pray a lot about their friends, but now I know what friends to pray for specifically.  I don't yet know the name of their good friends, but I do know they will be called life-giving.

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