In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tears and Friendship

I have a friend named Paula.

Paula is the one who, outside of John, knows me best and still loves me.  In an  earlier post I related the account of a Terrible Tuesday meeting at work.  Following that meeting I had to attend a daily exit from our pre-occupancy audit for the expansion at work and act like all was well.  Then I got into my car and started driving home.

Of course I called John first and, although John is supportive and wonderful, he's still a man.  We're wired different.  Then I called Paula. Paula let me cry and cry and cry on the phone without feeling guilty for crying or like my feelings were wrong.  Paula let me be heard.  Paula was there with me in the pain.

What a blessing her friendship is!

A couple of my favorite Bible verses are found in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV):

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

I want to be a friend like Paula.  God has truly, not just this one time, but many times, used her to be His own comfort with skin on.

There's a sister in my church who I've loved from the moment I met her.  This woman and I have some things in common, yet we're separated in age by around 25 years.  Because I'm fortunately not part of any rumor mills I don't know any details about anything going on in this sister's life but I've kind of known that she must be going through some tough circumstances in her life.  So I've prayed for her, but never had the opportunity to reach out in any way.

I'd invited her to join another friend and I to go to a play yesterday and out for an early dinner following.  Over the meal she began to open up and share about some of the pains and struggles she's been experiencing lately.  I just listened and validated her feelings.  The other friend and I  let her cry and talk. I was grateful to get to be there for her.  I know how much it means, when all the tough things happen in life, to have people there who love you and choose to be with you in your pain.


RCUBEs said...

Hi sister Tracy. I read the other post you mentioned regarding that meeting. My heart goes out to you. I know the pressure in this environment. I know the arrogance, the pride, the comparison of expertise. What suffers but the morale. People being hurt. Looking out for the negatives than treasuring the positives.

I am going also on a tough battle as they took away my job share position and demoted me to become a Per Diem from a full time position. I am currently waiting for the help from EEOC. It is a long process. It is frustrating. But in this waiting period, I pray that you will be strengthened by His Word. Because He is true. Faithful. He provides. I pray that for you today. That the injustices we don't understand, I will remain trusting that He will act on our behalf. God bless and protect you always. This is a great job in corrections. Sad to say, it is the people that is the no.1 problem.

Tracy said...

Thank you for your love, support, and prayer Rcubes. Interesting, even though we don't actually "know" each other in daily life, we're connected by the Spirit of our God.

RCUBEs said...

Amen!!! But what a blessing truly if His Spirit is there...There is unity...Because of His love.

J Paula Welty Reed said...

Ok, I just read this and I'm in awe of you, my dear friend and sister. Love you much!

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