March 19

Written by Bill Grandi on March 19th, 2024

I think we have all used or heard a variation of “Who you hang around with is who you become.” There are, of course, all kinds of people.

Some build us up; some tear us down.

Some lift us to keep going; some drag and hinder us.

Some push us to excel and not quit; some pull us back withholding progress.

Some are genuine shoulders to cry on; some are hard as stone and move away from us.

Proverbs 18:24 says, “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”  (NLT)

Jo and I experienced that last night. After a tough past couple of weeks (which I wrote about here), we spent the evening with friends. By the time we made it to their house, my tough couple of weeks had another brick piled on top. They were a welcome shade tree. After the initial bl-a-a-a-ch of what was going on, we moved on. Went out to eat. Laughed (even raised an eyebrow when Jo ordered something totally different than her normal fare). Went back to their house. Laughed some more. Chuckled at the antics of their dog. Laughed some more. A welcome balm for a scratchy soul. Hugs and “I love you’s” were given and Jo and I were on our way. Richer. Better. Refreshed. And, in some small way, healed. Every time I leave them I tell Jo, “I say it every time but I sure do miss them.” (They used to attend the church I pastor but moved to another city where they attend another fortunate church). I said it again last night…less than a block away.

They know what it’s like to be a friend. A sheltering tree. A shade tree (not the negative use of shade 🙂 ). We love you guys…more than you know. And thanks for the meal at Chili’s. Maybe Jo won’t surprise us all the next time.  🙂 🙂


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Old and trusted friends are a balm for the soul, Bill. So glad you all enjoyed a wonderful evening together.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Yes they are Martha! We certainly enjoyed our time last night. Everyone should have a Ryan and Amanda.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    Thanks for making the trek over. I am thankful that God could use us to be the shade for the scorching and some salve for the wounds. I pray for the week continues to move in a positive direction and that you and Jo will carry on the torch and be the reflection of God for all you come in contact with this week. Love you my friend, the visit was mutually needed.

  3. gail says:

    Trusted loving friends are a true blessings. I hope the coming weeks continue to improve for you. Remember Louie Giglio’s quote, do not give the enemy a seat at your table. Sending prayers your way Bill.

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