Anne Jackson had an insightful post a while back about friendships that change when the circumstances of our lives change. As is usually true with a Flowerdust.net post, the comments following bring real-life depth and insight to the discussion. Anne’s honesty is always refreshing even if us older pastor-ministry folks don’t always feel comfortable with it. (I have a daughter like that too. And a couple of other young friends).
As someone in the midst of an ongoing significant change of circumstances, it has been interesting to see how friendships are affected, how I am affected by that. I wonder how much harder it will be if we ultimately move out of the community, not just out of the church.
But I do know that every friend is a valuable gift for however long God allows.