“she had not realized they were on such familiar terms
Many things can be familiar to us. We have a friends and experiences from the past and current. With social media as it is, we are able to see friends from the past and they are familiar. We remember them as they were when we were young but now they have children and grandchildren. We can stay familiar through media. We’re able to stay connected.
Families a lot of the time live apart. As mine does, I only have a few close in my area. But I’m able to stay familiar with how their families are doing and growing. The new experiences they are having. The joys they are blessed with and the trials they are going through. We’re able to stay connected.
Where feelings and emotions are concerned, being familiar, is valuable. I may not be familiar with the individual but I can connect with that person because of my “familiarity” with their feelings or emotions. I find my ability to connect to others through our “familiar” feelings as a great blessing. We’re able to connect.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Lord, I rejoice in You! I am thankful and grateful for the love that You continually show to me. I ask You to help be stay strong in my faith and not to sink into pits of sorrow. I know that I am well blessed. I ask You to help me be intentional in staying connected. Help me to remember the importance of sharing life with those I am “familiar” with. I praise You always. Amen!