I have always felt that women provide special bonds of friendship for one another. Of course, men can have brotherly friendships as well, but when women care for one another, true sisterly bonds can form.
I've seen that this week, as a member of a women's group I belong to suffered a dislocated hip. Some women in our group met her at the emergency room and stayed with her until the medical personnel were able to fix her hip. Others of us brought her food and checked on her to see what her needs might be. This type of friendship goes beyond the "meeting up for lunch" type friendship. This is a sisterhood coming together during adversity. While all types of friendship are important, knowing that there are friends who are there in bad times as well as good is very important.
Being the introverted person I am, I have always found it hard to establish friendships. It takes me awhile to warm up to people, especially in group situations, and I have often been told I am "quiet" or it has been inferred that I am snobbish. This is not how I see myself at all. I see myself as a friendly person ready to offer a smile to others. But, I don't come into a large group and take the room by storm. That is just not my way.
Each of us is called to be a friend to others. But, we can do friendship on "our terms" as our personalities and gifts dictate. I am blessed to have friends in my life that accept me as I am even as I know that Jesus accepts me as I am.
When have you been a friend to someone lately? When has someone been a friend to you?
Blessings and Peace,