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You May Borrow My Friend

To whom it may concern,

Hi! We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, but soon we will have a mutual friend.

As a result of many years of prayers, including my own, God is moving my beloved friend to your area. What you don’t know is that her friendship was a direct answer to prayer.

When my husband and I moved to the area, I felt isolated and alone. I begged God to send me some Christian friends, my own age, with kids.

Over the years, God has abundantly answered my prayer requests for friends. Over the past several years God has delivered many wonderful friends into my life. Because these friends were a direct answer of prayer, I tend to hold on tightly to friendships.

By December of this year, I will have eight friends who have moved away in 2 and ½ years. Each friend moved for enhanced career opportunities. Each move and friendship I covered in prayer.

When the last three friends (Barbie, Nicki, and Melanie) announced their move, I wrestled with God. It seems odd to wrestle with God about answering the prayers I was praying for my friends. I guess I should have also been praying for myself. Unexpected feelings of abandonment swirled within my heart. Why I am always the one left behind? Why does God give me friends only to take them away?

God has been faithful to remind me I am not alone, forsaken, nor abandoned. In fact God reminded me over and over again, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

God will give us the right friend at just right time in our journey of life. I am incredibly thankful God has allowed my path converge with eight

spectacular friends.

You may borrow my friend.

Perhaps you too have been praying for a friend. You may borrow my friend.

If you meet Nicki in Florida, Barbie in Texas, Melanie in Germany, Amy in Knoxville, Robin in Chesapeake, Lyle in Elkins, Krissy in Illinois, and Angela in Raleigh, give her a hug for me.

If you really want her to feel at home, pour her a cup of coffee (sweet tea for Nicki) and let her sit in a red chair. Tell her April misses her so stinkin’ much!

You may borrow my friend.

~April Dawn White

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