So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord call David’s enemies to account.” And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. – 1 Samuel 20:16-17
God has given me the most wonderful gifts of friends. I am truly blessed! My first and foremost bff is Jesus. He is my all in all, my everything and the one I can turn to for anything. Secondly I have my husband, who is truly the most important person in my life. I know that I can tell Donovan anything and he loves me so much in spite of my human-ness. Thirdly though, I have my “Lucy”, aka Dawn.
Dawn and I met at church. We were in the same Sunday school class about 3 or 4 years ago. I don’t know exactly when, so much has happened and time flies so fast! She has 6 darling little girls, my one daughter is right in the middle of them. Two of her girls are my A’s bff’s according to her. We have so much in common. She can talk to me on the phone and brighten my day, she can text me or im me and it’s like the clouds have lifted and it’s bright and sunny, it’s truly a blessing from God to have her in my life.
We weren’t always this close. That happened about a year and a half, maybe two years ago. You see, I almost blew it. I had another friend, at least I thought she was a friend. She had some problems that no one was aware of, including a drug problem, but we’ll get to that. This other friend used me, and lied to me, and told me some horrible things about Dawn, and to my shame, I believed her. So when money started coming up missing during our stampin’ events, I was conditioned to blame Dawn. I even spoke to our pastor about it, not knowing what to do, Dawn is my Stampin’ Up! downline, and I felt responsible. I couldn’t imagine this other person being the one to take the money, after all, she was at my house all the time, she watched my children during the summer, I couldn’t fathom how someone I trusted so explicitly would be that kind of person. I guess I always had my doubts about her, but being the trusting person I am, I just couldn’t imagine her doing it. It wasn’t until a blatant mistake on her part that I actually believed that she had done it. It took two other friends confronting me to make me realize that it was this other person, this so called friend, this woman that I had trusted who was stealing from our customers and other demos. I was devastated, ashamed, remorseful, and so very hurt. I had believed her lies, I had trusted her, and worst of all, I had taken what she had told me, and unwittingly spread false rumors about another person, who was completely innocent, my Lucy. You see, I had talked to friends about what I thought was happening, and of course, even though you ask them to keep it in confidence, it gets talked about and spread around, we are human, that’s what we do. I was devastated by this. Dawn never waivered. She never said anything negative to me, she never even acknowledged if she kenw it was me. The Spirit really worked on my heart during this time, and I felt compelled to apologize to Dawn for what I had said and done, and the part I had played in this whole drama. It was at a jewelry party that I found the nerve to speak to her about it. I tried so hard not to cry, I wanted to be strong, but I believe that some tears slipped through. I just told her how sorry I was for what I had said and done, for believing this other person, and for any hurt I had caused her and her family. Being the beautiful woman of Christ that she is, she simply hugged me and said she forgave me. What??? I was so moved, still am really. I am awed by her beautiful spirit. I was forgiven, truly in the spirit of love and of Christ. It took me a while to accept that forgiveness, I couldn’t fathom how she could just say she let it go, and really let it go. People don’t do that, people don’t really forgive and forget, that’s a God thing. But she did, she did.
Dawn has watched my children, she has come to my aid in the middle of the night when I was having anxiety attacks, she has visited me in the hospital in my darkest hours, she has held me as I cried and wanted to run away from my life, she has convinced me that I am worth the life God has given me. We’ve laughed together, cried together, really really lived as friends. She is my Jonathan, she is my *bff*, she is my angel here on earth, she is one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given me. She has shown me the true meaning of grace, love, friendship, and honesty. I know that I can call her at anytime, and she will be there for me, in spirit if she isn’t able to be here physically. Our friendship has survived me moving across the country, it has survived so much, I know that we will be the little old ladies at a Women of Faith event bouncing up and down and praising Jesus for what wonderful lives we’ve lived and the friendship He has gifted us with in each other.
We’ve never spoken a covenant with each other, never made an oath or any such thing. We’re not blood sisters or any of that stuff from jr. high and high school, but I know that there is a covenant between us, stronger than blood, it is a covenant of friendship that is based on our love for Christ, and what He has done for us. What could be better than that?
Trish aka “Ethel”
Oh, why Lucy and Ethel you ask? Well, when Dawn signed up as my Stampin’ Up! downline, her hubby said we were like Lucy and Ethel, always coming up with one scheme or another. ;o) It stuck, what can I say, I’ll always be the Ethel to her Lucy, and she’ll always be the Lucy to my Ethel. It’s just how we roll! ;o)