I haven't had the time or the inclination to add anything to Random Distractions in the last few days because I have been preoccupied by the sudden death of a dear friend. I am shocked and saddened but I have many happy memories from our long friendship and this unexpected event has made me stop and think about the importance of friends in my life. Whether they are long-established, newly-formed or even 'virtual', friendships are to be treasured.
Let us be thankful for the precious gift of friendship
for the people who accept us as we are
love us even in our least attractive moments
help us laugh at ourselves and laugh at life
encourage us, support us, believe in us, value us.
Let us never take friendship for granted
but tend it as a beautiful plant.
(adapted from a liturgy of the Iona Community)