Before we dig into our reading and discussion time each week, my women's Bible study group goes around the table with each woman sharing joys or sorrows in her life or the lives of those she loves. I'm struck each week by two things.
One is the incredible amount of illness, pain and suffering in the world around us. So much cancer, so many accidents, even one woman awaiting a liver transplant. At the same time, there are engagements and marriages of children, new grandchildren born or graduating, accomplishments and honors to celebrate.
The second thing is the comfort we get from sharing with one another. Perhaps you've also heard the saying, "Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief." Indeed, it does. It means so much to know others are with us in our joy or in our grief.
We women are so good at that, too—reaching out to share what's on our hearts and also reaching out to help others when they need some comfort, hugs or hot dishes. It's definitely one of the things we do well.
So take a bow for being there for others and sharing of yourself. Celebrate the gifts women bring to the world. And celebrate friendship!