Little in life tickles me more than to have friends stop by to visit. No matter what I may be working on or what kind of a project I am elbow deep in, I am never not happy to hear the sound of the driveway alarm make it's annoying alerting me that someone is on the way to the house. It is somewhat of a mystery to me how I actually came to appreciate the whole concept of visitors as I was not raised in a home that was particularly guest friendly. We were the family that locked the doors, closed the blinds, turned off the lights and didn't say a word if someone pulled in our driveway or knocked on the door uninvited. It wasn't until the offending party was at least a mile away before the were allowed to move.
It wasn't until I was much older and had a home of my own that I realized the pure joy and blessings that came from having friends just stop by to visit. How such a simple yet totally foreign concept to me could turn an ordinary day into an memorable event and leaving me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Then as time went on I wanted to those unexpected visits special for my guests so when they departed they could do so feeling warm and fuzzy also. Thus I began my foray into learning how to be a gracious hostess worthy of my friends kindness.
Jackie and I were blessed to have just such visitors this morning. Good friends who have traversed life with us, both good and not so good, and loved us thru it all. Friends are some of God's greatest gifts to us that sadly are far to often overlooked and under valued. People today form many of their friends via the computer and text messages and while I am sure that some of the bonds people form thru those modern means are real in my opinion they are but a poor substitute for the warmth of a real human bond. The warmth of a friendship formed face to face and hand in hand.
Jackie and I are guilty of not visiting nearly as often as we should. We both get far to bogged down with the concerns of work and chores than we should. After all if these unexpected visits bless us and refresh our souls, why would we not want to bless and refresh to souls of those friends and loved ones we count as gifts. What about you? Have you blessed someone lately with nothing more than your time and presence?
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.