There is an old Girl Scout song that goes like this: “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” There is a lot of wisdom in those lyrics, and that song has stayed with me for many years. Maintaining long time friendships can be a challenge, especially when you or your friends move and there are many miles that separate you from each other. But I’ve found that working to maintain those friendships is definitely worth the effort.
Shellee Kennedy and Cindy Bowling are two of my special long-time friends. Our friendship developed when we were young brides living in Hawaii over 25 years ago. We were all raising young children at the time and we worked on the staff of our church. We did all kinds of crazy things together as girlfriends and as couples.
It was a real joy to see them not too long ago when we all returned to Hawaii for the anniversary celebration of our church on Oahu. What a treat to be together again and hear how God has been working in their lives and enjoy that bond of love and friendship again. Hearing Shellee’s special laugh, and watching the caring way Cindy interacted with her family touched my heart deeply. Our time together reminded me once again that long time friendships should be treasured . . . like pure gold.
Do you have a long time friend who is special to you? Please tell us about her.