Over the Memorial Day weekend, Steve and the girls and I went camping with some of our best friends in the world. It was a great weekend filled with a lot of nothing. It's funny how you can do a lot of nothing with people you enjoy and it makes for a great weekend.
I've been thinking about what makes these particular friendships strong. History is certainly part of it - we've been through a lot together. Having fun together - also important. Understanding each other is a third facet - though we don't agree on everything, there is a desire to understand and be understood. And deep love/affection is the foundation underneath it all.
Friendship is such an precious part of life. I wonder: How can we best foster it at New Hope? How can we create environments where friendships of all levels can grow?