When people get sick others typically seem to stay away wanting their friend to have time to themselves to rest, relax, and get well. You know you have done it, I have too. We check in on the sick occasionally, and get the report that the person is getting better. After a few reports of getting better we think that they a doing good and are back to normal.
We hear that they are sick again a little while later and check in on them and get the same report, time and time again. Then we wait to hear other updates in hopes of the person getting well; but, we stop hearing reports on them.
What happens next is that you start drifting apart and lose contact with one another. The visits, phone calls, drop ins all stop. We forget to check in on them. The whole time they are getting sicker and sicker. One day you hear from a mutual friend that your friend is really sick, but doesn’t show any symptoms of any known illness, and this mutual friend tells you that the diagnoses is a rare disease that they have never heard anything about.
Yes, this is a semi real situation. We all know the old adage about not taking today for granted because we are not assured of tomorrow. This is no more than with friends, old, new, distant, or what ever you consider your relationship. I just want to encourage you to keep in touch with your friends, you never know what may happen to members of your community – close-nit, estranged, or otherwise unknown.
Take a moment and think about your FRIENDS
Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Means a chapter in your life is through
But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
– Michael W. Smith