Letter for a Friend

Robin and I have been friends since we were in 3rd grade, that is a long time, but the older we get the more we seem to value and appreciate our friendship and the more it means, at least to me.

Robin is in many ways my spiritual anchor.  I thought about this for quite awhile before I started writing and I really think that is the best way to describe what she is for me.  Robin has a rock solid kind of faith and it guides her through everything in her life.  It guides her marriage, her relationship with her siblings, her relationship with her parents and it guides her in motherhood.  It is like a piece of thread woven throughout every aspect of her life.  I think it would be fair to say that every decision she makes is guided by this faith.  I am not saying she is perfect or even that her faith is always perfect.  She has questioned things, she has been challenged but in the end her faith is what drives her life.

As our friendship has grown over the years I have come to rely more and more on her for that kind of guidance.  When I have faced some of my most difficult times parenting it was Robin’s patient listening and worrying with me that eased my fears. It was her ability to share with me how she would try to hang onto her worries until finally becoming overwhelmed by them and then actually visualizing the act of putting her worries away into a box and then handing it off to God that finally gave her peace.  I had never thought about it like that, but after our conversation I was able to visualize that same act of relinquishment and truly gave my worries to God.

Robin and her husband are a great example of how to live your life with a simple kind of grace.  They don’t get caught up in “stuff,” they are caught up in family and faith.  It is refreshing to hang out with them and be a witness to this honest way of life in a world full of material crazed people.  I am blessed beyond belief to have a friend like this, one I am confident I will have for the rest of my life.

So my friend, I ask you  “what’s next on your list?”

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