The Christmas music has come on at my favorite Starbucks. My friend Heidi, the manager, has just brought me a full glass of water, noting my chronic cough.
"I'm just trying to be a good human being," she said, when I likened her to a visiting angel, in relation to her kindly act.
She is the most successful manger in the whole region of Iowa and Minnesota. Because she cares. She is everywhere loudly cheering on and ecouraging her young baristas. She sees everything, attending to details everywhere. Yesterday, she also brought a glass of water, saying, "Arthur, you know we care about you here."
I know that. I feel it. That I am welcome, and can return again.
I do not know Heidi well, except at her store. We are not pals around town. I have never met her husband. But, she is my friend. "We stand for the same things," she says to me.
A friend said the other day that a friendship of 30 years had ended because of our recent election. Because a friend
had rooted differently, a 3-decades friend, bitter and enraged at the result, walked out of the life of someone she'd cared about. She'll never know Donald Trump. She'll live in his country, but because he won the election from her candidate, she can't bear to see her friend any longer.
Jesus places friendship as a value of great price. "I have called you friends," He said to His followers...because I've told you everything." Then He added, "Just remember you didn't choose me, I chose you...Greater love has no-one than this that "a person lay down his life for his friend."
Friendship is the gift of a heart, a life. Surely, true friendship is worth more than a political election, in a country like ours, for we as citizens are meant to be friends and neighbors to each other. People who care down the street and around the corner. A relatinship local, and personal, and permanent, given us by the greatest friend any of us will have.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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