To the one facing a broken friendship:
Sometimes it can be so hard to look back and see how much has changed in a week, a month, a year. It can be hard to look back and see how close you were to someone--all of the laughter, the memories, the moments.
Friendship is such a beautiful gift God has given us. A gift that brings joy where there is sadness. A gift that brings smiles where there are tears. A gift that brings understanding where there is confusion.
Friends are some of His most special blessings.
But what about when a friendship becomes broken? What about when hurts fester into wounds that take longer to heal than you ever imagined? What about when harsh words put distance where there was once closeness?
Just as with every relationship we are given, friendship can be hard. It can be messy. It can be painful.
I know we wish it wasn't.
I know right now as you stare at the broken friendship in your life that you wish things had turned out differently. Maybe you regret some things or maybe you're still stinging from what was done to you. Or maybe a little of both, because if we're honest none of us are perfect. And it is so, so easy to hurt each other when we're both imperfect.
I wish I could cup your chin in my hands this morning as you look at the broken pieces of the friendships you've lost and reassure you of this important truth:
You're worth more than what has happened and God is still in the business of making broken things beautiful.
I don't know what His plans are for you and this broken friendship that still keeps you awake at night with tears in your eyes. I don't know how He plans to restore what has left an ache in your heart.
But I do believe that He will.
He doesn't remove something from your life, unless He intends to fill you with something better. Perhaps He wants to fill you with more of Himself. Perhaps He wants to bring beautiful new beginnings into your life. Or maybe He does want to repair all the broken pieces breaking your heart.
But even if He doesn't, you must still remember that you are so loved. One broken friendship can't change that. You are loved more than you could ever dare to imagine or dream.
And you're going to be okay.