I am sitting in the chapel at the Barcelona airport, awaiting the arrival of friends from Berlin. Susanne and I met over 25 years ago in Washington, DC when we came to spend a year as interns working in the inner city with Sojourners Magazine. It would be a transformative year for me and for us as we grew to be close friends. Since that time, we have met all over the world. I am very grateful for this friendship that has lasted all these years.
As I sit here in front of Our Lady of Montserrat, I realize that one of my longest friendships is with the Trinity. God knows exactly what I need. You can imagine the big smile when I walked in and saw this lovely statue. I had come full circle on my pilgrimage. I started in Montserrat and here She is waiting for me, with her Son on her lap. There is great joy in this quiet moment.
Which friends bring a smile to your face?
When has God gone ahead of you to prepare the way?
Thank you, God, for the gift of friendship. You always provide more than we can ask or imagine. I am ever-grateful for your Providence. Amen.