It Takes a Hockey Player

“one will lift up his companion”

Ecclesiastes 4:10

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I’m feeling grateful today, for a man I’ve never met.  And several people I have met…

The Apple of my Eye had lunch with a friend yesterday, whom I have never met.  I think they played on a hockey team together years ago; I’m not really sure.  But they got together for mutual support and prayer, which is just awesome, isn’t it?

My sweetie has several men in his life who do for him what I can’t ~ understand him as only another man can.  They can talk about their careers, their marriages, parenting, and give advice and pray for one another, in the midst of talking about sports or computers or whatever else guys might talk about. 

I’m appreciative for his friends, just as I am for mine.  While couples should be able to talk to each other about important things, our spouses shouldn’t be the only ones we can talk to.  I’m grateful in the same way for my friends, and how they keep me from unloading my troubles (real or imaginary) on my husband too much. 

Feeling this appreciation for important people in my sweetie’s life got me to thinking about the people in my kids’ lives, too.  Teachers, small group leaders, coaches and mentors of different kinds… I can’t be everything for my family, much as I’d like to.  And even if I could, I doubt they’d want me to. 

I guess it’s sort of like the “it takes a village” concept.  Mighty wise plan on God’s part, doncha think?  The more I see things as part of His plan, the more grateful I am. 

 

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~ “As iron sharpens iron,

so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” ~

Proverbs 27:17

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