I don't like losing friends. I never know if I'll ever lay eyes on them again or hug them once more. It's almost a little scary because I want to stay in touch with all of these people but fear that we might lose contact. Darn that hectic pace of life! Hurray for Facebook! However, this is all very normal to us since we live in a heavily influenced military town. I know that this will continue to happen year after year and, for that, I am grateful.
I am grateful because God has blessed me with the friendships of some amazing women. They have encouraged me and shown me more about the love of God. The cross is evident in their life and I have seen the gospel permeate their heart. They have been shining examples of Christ to me as I've watched them be a mother to their children and a wife to their husband. It's hard to see them go but it's also joyous at the same time. How wonderful that they get to journey to a new place where they can be a new friend to someone else! How awesome that they can be discipled where ever they are and then turn around and do the same elsewhere.
Selfishly, I want them back, but I'm excited to see who God will bring to our church next. In the meantime, I need to buy several books of stamps.