Friend is a word that makes me think of the riddle over the gateway to the mines of Moria in Lord of the Rings. “Speak friend and enter.” The word friend invites and welcomes. It is a word that is hospitable. It is a joining word, a companionable word, a good company word, a feel-comfortable word.
Today, I spent time with two friends. We shared tea and snacks together. Part of our conversation was easy and light; we laughed together. Part of our conversation was difficult; we wept together.
We listened. We talked. We welcomed each other and joined company with one another. We were comfortable with the easy and the difficult. We disagreed. We compromised. We were companions to each other. We spoke friend to one another and entered the deep realm of hospitality. My friends are good company.
Here is my reflective question for the day: “How has friend been good company for you?”