Like me, you have probably heard that moving can be one of the most stressful life experiences. Nancy and I have moved a few times together. After our wedding, we moved into the Marengo House in Pasadena, CA. When our kids were young, we moved to Denver, CO. Eight years ago we moved to Spokane, WA. And now, we are moving to Lititz, PA. I say we are moving because we are currently living with friends and our stuff is in a storage unit.
I agree that moving can be stressful. However, in each of our moves the stress has been mitigated by wonderful friends. This move has made me keenly aware of how needy Nancy and I are. It is humbling to realize that we could not be effectively completing this move without a large network of friends.
It is impossible for me to list all the practical help we have received from friends. Some of the more obvious are: Our friends pitched in to help us pack the house for the initial drive across the country in the U-Haul truck in April. They showed up again to help us clear out the remaining items as we prepared for the drive across the country last week. They came back after we left to clear out the stuff we could not get to before we left. On this end, friends are opening their home to us until our house is finished. What would we have done, how would we have survived without all this help?
Furthermore, our friends have provided us with an abundance of emotional support. The “good-byes” in Spokane were sad, but so affirming! The assurance of prayer support have lifted our spirits.
Nancy and I are rich because of our friends. We do not take them for granted. We wish there were ways for us to return their favors, but that feels impossible to us. Instead, we pray that God, who has given us these wonderful friends, will bless each one and return to them an abundance of reward for the goodness they have given us.