Galatians 6:2

A Great Conversation with a Friend

Dear Praying Friend,

I had a great conversation the other day with my good friend, Steven. We get together once a week and just talk about our lives. We have each other’s back and it’s a great relationship. Steven and I have something in common, both of our sons were involved in tragic accidents. His son died when a tree fell on him two years ago. My son lives but is severely injured.

I was talking to Steven about some of my struggles with Fulton. I said something to him I dared even to say to myself and that is, “Maybe it would have been better if Fulton had gone on to be with the Lord.” He didn’t condemn me for that statement. I said to him, “I know you’ve suffered tremendous loss,” and he said, “And so have you.” I think of all the things Fulton can’t do. He was right. Each of us have had to suffer great loss, each in our own way. It was so healing to share some of my deepest thoughts with him about Fulton. As we spoke one to another, there was no condemnation, just confirmation and encouragement.

It’s what God wants us to do. Share with each other and love one another. This must be what scripture means when it says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2. At this Thanksgiving time, I praise God for my friend, Steven, he’s got my back! I hope you have someone to share your burdens with and your darkest thoughts.

Your Friend,

3 thoughts on “A Great Conversation with a Friend

  1. Dawson – so like you to be concerned about each of us having a backup. Makes me remember again that we are alone, but not alone. Besides God there are people like you.

  2. Dawson,
    Thanks for sharing, God gives us friends in life but few are that deep! May God continue to bless you both as you share each other’s grief!!

  3. Dear Dawson,
    First I have to say you continue to be an inspiration to all of us who in every day we have to face a broken world that has impacted our personal world. I am so thankful to God that you can be openly honest with us and to your maker. I have found that there is true freedom and relief from our burdens when we do so, because God SO wants to release us from captivity! I will pray that God continues this process in you Dawson, and to all those reaching out to the Hope Line!

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