One of my favorite sessions this weekend at our Biblical Imagination Conference was with Michael Card and Scott Roley who have been best friends for 30 years. They said more than once they became best friends the day they met. My notes about the session are posted here. What stuck in my brain was the fact these types of friendships are much like a marriage... unto death, in sickness and health, someone you can call in the middle of the night to help you change a flat tire. Those friendships are rare and priceless. I am blessed and privileged to have at least 2. I've known Rob since 1980. You can read about our life in several categories...As The Parsonage Turns, My Pastor/Husband and Family. I've known Lori since...our mothers have been friends since they were in elementary school. My 2 sisters, myself and Lori grew up together playing in our mother's closets while our parents played cards, eating Zeno's Pizza in the kitchen. We went to the same school and worshipped at the same church. We attended a Lay Witness Mission at our church together where God rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the son he loves. (Colossians 1:13) LOVE that verse! She graduated a year ahead of me going off to nursing school and I went to college a year later. We met up again at her wedding where I was a bridesmaid. Several years later she did the same for me. Sadly, I think this is where our story stopped...for too many years. We've never discussed the gap, but when my dear dad passed away 4 1/2 years ago, she was one of the first ones to come to the house and sit silently by while my world had stopped turning and I couldn't talk without weeping. Lori is the shoulder I drenched days after the funeral when I did not want to face another day without my daddy. The past few years have been rich beyond words as we have renewed our friendship, prayed for each other, drink a lot of coffee when we are together, make salsa, or whatever she has on her plate when I visit...she lives in Iowa. God continues to weave our stories together as we text, email and read each others blogs. She writes at My View from the Mountain. And no, there are no mountains in Iowa, just hills. She is on my heart and mind because of this weekend's conference where I was reminded that friendship is a biblical concept. ...just don't put your friends, kids our spouse where Jesus should be. We aren't called to make idols out of people. (This wasn't said at the conference, this is my 2 cents worth!!) She is also on my mind because she heads to Tanzania tomorrow for an 18 day missions trip, she is a nurse...just one of many things she does well. I want to go with her, but that's for another day. On my bucket list...to do a trip with her. Anyway, to you dear friend and sister...God speed. I know God will be with you...your life will never be the same.