The Beauty of True Friendship

Image © William D. Lollar

Ever reconnected with an old friend? Years, maybe decades, since you last spoke or saw one another. Neglecting your friendship wasn’t intentional or the result of a rift in the relationship. It just happened. And 10 or 15 or 30 years later you think about your friend, wondering if he or she is still living in the same place (or when you get my age…living at all) and what life has dealt him or her.

Back in September 2013, we took a two-week vacation to visit my wife’s father and her extended family members in a large midwestern city. I was thrilled about the trip, because I planned to ride my motorcycle on the backroads of the beautiful rural landscapes outside the city. I trailered the two-wheeler because my wife can’t ride and she gets sleepy driving long trips, plus it would have taken me three or four days to cover the 1200 mile journey in one direction.

On the backside of the trip, I planned to arrive a day or so before the annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest in Ozark, Missouri. Some of our dearest friends, Craig and Beckie, had just moved near Branson, so we stayed in a local hotel and planned to meet up over the course of three or four days. The thing is…we had not seen, talked to, or even shared Christmas cards with this couple for nearly 15 years. But we jumped right back into our relationship as if we had never been apart. We have three, maybe four married couples like this in our lives. All of them have stood by us, encouraged us, rescued us, cried with us, and enjoyed life with us like no others. If you have friends like this, you know what I’m talking about.

Funny thing, as much as I enjoyed riding my motorcycle through the rolling hills of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, or enjoying the scenic twisties in the Ozark Mountains, my favorite part of the trip was those three days with Craig and Beckie. We laughed like school kids and just enjoyed one another’s company. Since we left Branson, there has hardly been a single week where I haven’t talked by phone to my friend, Craig. We have decided not to allow another 15 years to get between us.

Image © William D. Lollar

Church: An Easy Desk Job for Intelligent Men

The secret’s out about the easy life of professional clergy:

“Church, to some degree, has become industry. It’s become an easy ‘desk job’ for intelligent men who don’t want to work with their hands, but who may not necessarily have a vision for changing the world with this powerful message of the gospel.”

You may want to listen carefully to this three-minute video by Leonce Crump II, Pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta.

Update

Greetings to those who still continue to visit The Thin Edge, even though my time and energies have obviously been focused on other things for the past three years. Yes, we moved back to the United States three years ago this month. The time has flown as we have watched our family grow: three grandchildren have quickly multiplied into nine over this short period of time.

My American heart doctor confirmed that I had suffered a heart attack in Wales in March 2008, so within a few months of returning, the VA (Veterans Administration) took great care of me and completed stent surgery at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Five stents later, I immediately felt a huge difference Continue reading

Our son and his family is currently visi…

Our son and his family is currently visiting us from Sheffield, England, over the Christmas holidays. On December 23rd, his in-laws are making their first visit to the United States. We’ve not had all four children together in the same place for Christmas in about eight or nine years. This afternoon we’re have family portraits taken: four children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren!

Closing this blog

Well, it’s been just over four years ago that I began this blog. It was excellent therapy for me and it gave me a platform to talk about things that I felt, at the time, to be important and relevant. To me, it didn’t really matter whether anyone read my posts or not; however, I discovered that a lot of people were singing out of the same songbook and a few people probably became convinced that I had completely lost my mind or my faith.

I have been back in the United States now for eighteen months and, like every other American, I have sadly been forced to scratch and claw my way to sustain even the most austere existence possible in the current economic climate. It took eight months to land a full-time position and we almost went bankrupt in the process, so I’ve had virtually no time to blog in any meaningful way. I’ve settled for a more convenient approach via status updates on Facebook, so if you really want to keep in touch, please search for Bill Lollar on Facebook and send me a friend request with a brief note explaining that you have been following my blog and wanted to stay in touch. I’m a little bit eccentric about “friend requests” so if you don’t write me a personal note, I’ll probably just delete your request.

Thanks for the interaction over these past four years! I really miss writing and maybe one day I’ll return to blogging in my retirement years, if that ever becomes a possibility for me.

Take care! Unless I change my mind this blog will disappear on December 25, 2010.

Blessings!

Bill Lollar