Many "moons" ago, before I was married, I lived in a house in Ft. Wayne with 3 other girls. We were all nurses, and we worked at the old Lutheran Hospital. We have gone our separate ways, and haven't actually been all together in a very long time. I became a missionary to Haiti for 2 years and then got married to my 1st husband. We eventually moved to Oklahoma and I lived there for 19 years. Alice went to Bengladesh as a missionary, and was there until 1999. Ruth and Donna Jean both stayed in Ft. Wayne, so it's possible they saw each other occassionally.
Alice now lives in Marion, Indiana so we all decided to go down and celebrate her birthday. At some point, while she was still a missionary, she developed spasms and twitching in her neck and face. She's had 3 brain surgeries for this. They said it was caused by an artery lying up against the nerves, and every time her heart beat her face and neck would twitch. I had never heard of this but they actually put little pieces of felt between the artery and the nerve. She still has difficulties from time to time, and it is now controlled by botox injections, which I also found interesting.
We ate at Cracker Barrel; my sister Lou joined us for lunch, as she lives in Upland, and had known all of these ladies as well. We then went back to Alice's for cake. Needless to say, we talked and talked and talked. So much to catch up on! We got there at about 12 noon, and I thought I'd be back by 4 pm but I didn't actually get back home until about 7 pm. Wehad a really good day and it brought back lots of memories!
What a blessing to be able to catch up with life-time friends. One of my blogger friends wrote a blog on "Abundance". I feel like I have an abundant life, and my friends are so much a part of that.
Proverbs speaks about friends in several places:
Prov. 18:24 There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother
Prov. 17:17 A friend loves at all times
Prov. 27:6 wounds from a friend can be trusted
Prov. 27:10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father
Thank you, Lord, for blessing my life with abundance, and many friends.