Unexpected Joy

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It was almost time to leave.

We’d been in SC for several weeks and had seen so many people but, as it always seems, had missed seeing so many more. Just a day before our departure, I was waiting in the car while Steven quickly ran in the church. She suddenly appeared at my window, the delight on her face as contagious as her laughing smile. I couldn’t open the door fast enough to hug my good friend of over 15 years.

Though I’ve only seen her a few times since we moved to Alaska, unexpectedly seeing her that day immediately reminded my heart of the warmth of true friendship. She and I share a very special love for one of my children – me as mother, and she as caretaker. She walked with me through both triumphs and challenges, forging a sweet friendship that time and distance have not diminished.

And God’s Providence of seeing her that particular day gifted me with unexpected joy . . . and thankfulness.

So very, very thankful.

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Let’s remember during this season to be unceasingly grateful for those who have traveled alongside us on the path of life, just when we’ve needed them most.

A true friend is a gift of greatest joy!

Joyfully,

Natalie

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