cruise shipA few years ago my husband Charles and I went on our first cruise. It was the trip of a lifetime for us. We had always wanted to see the Inland Passage of Alaska, and finally we had the money and the time to do it. I especially enjoyed the fact that everything we needed or wanted from a vacation was right there in one place. To take advantage of what was offered, however, we had to walk to specific locations: a piano bar in one room, a stage show in another, an art auction in still another.

As I started writing today’s blog about friendship, a picture of that large cruise ship came to mind. I envisioned the many friends I have who contribute to me in diverse ways—each one onboard my life but showing up in different compartments. One brings humor. Another offers wisdom and a listening ear. Some are available for walks or hikes. And still others provide counseling, editing, party advice, dance lessons, decorating help, and gardening tips. And many of the same people simply enjoy, as I do, sharing a good time in each other’s company.

As I move around my Friend Ship I see that nearly everything I need and want God has provided through you and other dear friends. You are precious to me. I never want to take you or anyone for granted, or to hold one in higher esteem than another.

As we cruise the waters of life, giving and receiving, I’m going to keep in mind the words of Joseph Addison. “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys and dividing our grief.”

That’s what you do for me. And I thank you.





Friend Ship — 12 Comments

    • Thanks, Jim. I count on your friendship too, dear brother in Christ.

  1. What a fun way to cruise through life together: on the friend ship. I so appreciate your being first a mentor, now a friend for a number of years! You are a first-rate mate, Karen, and my dear heartner to boot! Thank you for your friendship!

  2. That was from the heart Karen and so beautifully expressed. So glad to be on board with you as we journey through these precious times together. Thank you for all your loving support and sincere friendship. Keep on sailing!!

    • Thanks, Kathleen. I love your use of my metaphor!! Let’s keep sailing together.

  3. What a beautiful illustration of true friendship! I’ve learned that friendships, to flourish, must be cultivated. Sometimes we get too busy with life that we neglect to cultivate the friendships that help us to thrive. In these empty nest years, I’m taking the time to renew them.

    • Great to read your insight about friendship, Michele. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. “If our fellowship below in Jesus be so sweet, what height of rapture shall we know when round His throne we meet!”
    Charles Wesley
    Thank you for sharing your sweet fellowship Karen. Smiles!

    • Love this quote, Beth. Thanks for sharing it. Perfect for this time as my brother-in-law passed away on Monday and we will be remembering his dear friendship to our family at his memorial later this month.

  5. Karen, I am real happy that “my life boat” is still attached to your Friend Ship. I do thank God for that.

    • Thanks for your kind note, Mary. I continue to hope that we will be with one another in person some day before too long. Our door is always open and we have a lovely guest room for you to enjoy.

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