Lately, I have been reading, “Listening Prayer” by Leanne Payne. I enjoyed her description of friendship so I thought I would share it here:

“Friendship comes out of having common interests and focusing on the same hobby, truth or beauty. This good “outside the self,” so much more exciting when someone else shares our love for it, give us endless food for thought and good conversation. Rather than looking at one another in the hope of gaining affection, companionship, or the affirmation we have somehow lacked in our earlier lives, we look up and out of the self. We take hands together and come into a wonderful unity of thought and spirit as we admire or enjoy a particular thing in common with another.”

The quote reminds me why I love spending time with my writing friends and why I enjoy chatting with someone about a book we have both read. However, the friendships that I most enjoy are those where we can share our love for God and our passion for what he is doing in our lives and in the world.