We will all sort through the trauma of 2020 for many more years to come. For a long time, I will reflect on last year as a year of grief upon grief. But even with the losses, I am still overcome with gratitude for my friends on this journey. Despite the headaches, I am thankful for Zoom, Facetime, virtual happy hours, and movie nights.
In wrestling with all of what remains unknown for 2021, I keep returning to what I know to be absolute: the love and support of my friends. In this time of stress and anxiety, I’m more conscious and more thankful than ever to have such incredible friends in my life.
I can’t reflect on the importance of friendships in my life without mentioning my favorite proclamation of love in all of Holy Scripture: Ruth’s promise to her mother-in-law, Naomi, in Ruth 1:16.
But Ruth replied, “…Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay…” (Common English Bible)
Whatever this coming year brings, I do know that wherever I go, my friends are with me.
This message is an excerpt from “Long live Galentine’s Day” by Mary Button in the February 2021 issue of Café.