Stars

Stars

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I’m lying awake for snoring’s sake.

I had to go to the bathroom, and snuck off down the outside corridor to the communal restroom beyond.

Over-lit, for 12:30 AM.

I came back, stopping to love the night sky — stars, planets, a waning moon in the east.

A dear friend lived very near the spot where I sleep tonight.  She has been gone from this world longer than I knew (and loved) her in this life.

That haunts me.

She loved the stars — to watch them, to fall asleep under their watch.

These stars were her stars, but they don’t shine for her (I wish they did!).

She neither loved nor feared neither God nor Christ.

Eternity is a long time to love stars without my friend.

I will forever miss her…especially under the stars.

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Friendship (n.): a grace from God to reflect his love and to learn to sing

Friendship (n.): a grace from God to reflect his love and to learn to sing

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Sunday, 28 April, 2013

Thank God for the beautiful blessing of friends, for as we are all made in the image of God, we all reflect the light of his love in different and beautiful ways.  While none of us loves as perfectly as God, he gives us friends who will compliment us in our own flat sides and challenge us with loving them despite their flat sides.

The love of friendship is one way to “practice” for the great and perfect love of heaven.  It’s also really fun to meet people we can look forward to keeping company with as we sing his praises.  Friendship in this life helps us to learn to listen and sing well with those we love in this life so we will be well-rehearsed to sing most beautifully for God in eternity. — VKS