Making friends


When we start out in our life, most people begin by developing a special friendship with one special friend.

Some children begin by becoming friends with a schoolmate or a neighbor. This becomes someone special in their life that they can trust and have something in common with.

“Be cautious with whom you associate, and never give your company or your confidence to those of whose good principles you are not sure.”

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

Making new friends usually takes some time until you get to know a person. Once you learn something about them and they learn something about you, it isn’t long until a friendship starts to grow.

I was raised in Boardman, Ohio. There were five houses on the country road where we lived. Across the road lived my first good friend in my life. His name is Allen Lingenfelter.

We were the same age and attended the same school. We were both in each other’s weddings. We became as close as brothers.

Then came the time when we went our separate ways and moved to different parts of the country. Even though we don’t see each other anymore, we are still friends. Once in awhile, we still meet, but not very often due to the fact that we live in different parts of the country.

When we do meet, we spend our time talking about the good old days. “O how good it feels, the hand of an old friend” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

On June 29, my good friend, Jan Armstrong, and I were united in marriage. My former wife of 53 years and Jan’s former husband of 54 years have both passed away. God brought us both together to start a new life as husband and wife.

We both love each other and serve God together. To God be the glory, great things he has done.

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” (Proverbs 18:24).

Think about it!


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