How I love each of you.
You, precious girlfriends, have left your mark of friendship, of sisterhood, on my heart.
Some of you I haven’t seen in years. Some I’ve lost touch with completely. Some are in and out of my life like a gentle breeze that comes and goes. And some of you are a very real presence still today. Regardless of where you are or how little or how much I see you, you are often in my thoughts and prayers.
For you are the sisters I never had.
You see, I’ve received many blessings in my lifetime, but having a real-life, blood sister is not one of them. Growing up with two younger brothers, I played the role of big sister well. However, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have a sister of my own.
That, dear friends, is where you came in.
God placed each of you in my life at different times, in different seasons. And you’ve all done your jobs well. I know this because despite the passing of time, your names abide on my lips, your smiles are etched on my heart, and your beautiful laughter rings in my ears.
Because of you, I have been blessed with the joy of sisterhood. I am forever grateful.
Grateful to a God who knew I would need special friends, and the exact time I would need them. A God who loved me enough to make it happen.
Grateful to you, my sweet sisters, for loving me unconditionally and for truly hearing me, even when my words were few and my choices were poor. For accepting me as is, yet encouraging me to become even more. For allowing me to share my deepest feelings, my greatest fears, and all my less-than-perfect ideas and solutions with you. And most of all, for opening your hearts to me as well.
I hope you will one day read this and know, without a doubt, that I am speaking of you. Yes, you, my dear friend who has been like a sister to me…
Oh, how I love you, my cherished friend, my sister.
Do you have a friend who has become more like your sister? If so, take a moment to let her know what her friendship means to you.