To friendship.

4166182931_ccbc31bfa6True friends are the most rare and wonderful creatures in the world.

Because they can give that hug that stretches on for a few seconds longer and makes all the difference in the world.

Because when you say “I need to have an ugly-cry” they just open their arms and let you wail like a banshee into their sweatshirt until you’re exhausted from the effort. And then they don’t try to fix you afterwards.

Because they tell you to your face when you need to grow a spine and set a boundary.

Because when she comes to stay the night in your single-girl house complete with 30 pairs of shoes by the front door, hair in the shower drain, unopened mail piled on the table, and empty cereal boxes everywhere, she doesn’t flinch or get grossed out. And she’s totally okay with sleeping on a pallet made up of every single cushion from the living room furniture (because you still sleep on a twin bed).

Because he has a sticky note with your name on his wall. And he prays for you, every day. For like, the last year.

Because they know when to empathize with your pain, and when to tell you to stop wallowing in it.

Because age difference doesn’t apply when it comes to girl-talk.

Because they know you too well to put up with your crap. And you know that for Round One they will give you grace. In Round Two they will apply pressure. And if you make it to Round Three, you’d better get ready because they’re about to freaking storm the castle – and you will lose.

Because when you tell them about your most recent dilemma and heart wrenching drama, they point you back to Jesus.

Because when you haven’t seen them for months, you can pick up right where you left off. And it’s like falling back into your favorite book.

Because even though one of your biggest insecurities is the mountain range that lies beneath a heavy layer of concealer and foundation on your face, you can let her sooth and massage your bare skin and feel safe and loved.

Because they don’t give up on you. Even when you’re not the friendliest person in the world…

Because they open your eyes to a beautiful new world of colors, sights, and sounds.

Because you can spend hours together talking about Jesus and neither of you will run out of anything to say.

True friends are rare. They are valuable. They are deep. And they can love like nobody’s business.

And I am so grateful for them.