I was able to spend some time with a wonderful group of women yesterday. We talked about grand babies that were due, vacations that were planned and Spring.
And then, like a soft breeze, the mood changed as one of the ladies began to share a painful experience she was dealing with..then another opened up..then another. There were tears of sadness and solidarity; words of encouragement and prayer.
Later in the evening, I thought about what a solemn privilege it is to fully share in the lives of our friends..to be valued and trusted enough to be real.