Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.
These are the words of a song I learned at Girl Scout camp when I was a child. One of the drawbacks to constant traveling is not being able to participate in ongoing groups for fellowship with other believers-church prayer groups, choirs, Bible studies, etc. It’s impossible to develop any sense of continuity in the short term.
However, God has let me see over these past 6 months that He is able to meet even this need in my life. He’s given me a vision for the long term. Wesley & I have ministered in eight states from Texas to North Carolina in that time, and I’ve been blessed to visit with many dear friends from across the country. Friends we’ve known, loved, and ministered to and with for over 30 years! Friends we have a “history” with. Friends made of gold. I’ve even gotten to visit cousins I hardly ever see.
And along the way, I gather new friends whom I carry in my heart. Over these last 3+ years that I’ve been traveling full-time with Wesley, I’ve visited with so many precious women. We’ve shared our hearts, and God established a bond between us, even though we only had 4 short days to know each other. No, most of you haven’t heard anything back from me, and I need to work on that. But I carry you in my heart and think of you and pray for you often. And I am grateful to both God and you for your love and prayers for Wesley & me. Friends made of silver!
“We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2