My best friend...

I am having a hard week. I am having trouble dealing with the bad news I received last week. Last week I got some really bad news that will change how I do things.  I have been crying and avoiding friends.  But today my best friend called and I told her my situation. Immediately we got together for coffee and prayers. I don't know what I would  do without her and her support. I realized today that everyone needs a good friend to share the good and the bad. I have been very lucky to have a best friend who has been there for me these past 20 twenty years.

These past years have been filled with lots of memories. Together, my friend and I have weathered being single, bad break-ups, weddings, births, buying a house, moving away, losing family, laughing at one another, crying together and just being human. She thinks I am funny and crazy like Lucille Ball. I think she is the best cook in the world and super brave just like Rachel Ray.  When we get together we talk about retiring together and traveling with other friends. Every time we get together we plan on how to spend our lottery winnings and the trips we will take around the world. We are like two little girls daydreaming.

Most important about our friendship is that we understand each other and support one another. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your friend will catch you when you fall down. It is great to know that someone is in your corner cheering you on and praying that you make it through the bad patches. But the best part of it all is that she cares enough to give me her honest opinion. I wish everyone had a best friend like I do.

Prayer to help you get through hard times:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
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