Our Best Friend is GOD who is always only a prayer away. He brings us all our blessings and through faith gives us the strength to face all of life's tribulations. He blesses us with all the miracles and love we have in life. John 13:34-35 says "I give you a new commandment — that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Friends are one of God's greatest gifts to us. Friendship isn't one big thing, it is a million little things. Friendships are formed when we follow the directions in the Bible that say "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Friends enjoy each other's company. In times of sadness, pain and illness they are there to encourage us, wipe away our tears and give us strength. Galatians 6:2 says "Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ."

In times of fun, joy and happiness they are there to go arm in arm with us and celebrate our good times. Together, we praise God for these times in our lives. Together, we make memories that remain dear to our hearts even though our lives might separate us from each other physically. Friends are precious priceless treasures. They are someone who brings extra sparkle into a dull boring day. A life without friends would be a life without sunshine. They light up our life.

Let me tell you about one of the most loving activities the children of my generation participated in every May 1st. We would make May Baskets out of construction paper or use little cartons that berries and other produce came in from the market. We gathered the blossoms from Lilies of the Valley, Daffodils, Violets and many other flowers and put them into the May Baskets along with a sucker we had saved our pennies to buy, or maybe a cookie or fudge Mother had made. We put in a little note of love that told them we were glad they were our friend. Then early in the morning, we ran to our friend's house and put the baskets on the front porch near the door. We knocked on the door and ran away as fast as we could so when the May Basket was retrieved it was never known who placed it there. But you knew it was from a friend. It demonstrated love to each person receiving the basket. I'm sorry that this tradition disappeared long ago.

In May we also celebrate "MOTHER'S DAY". We thank God for our Mothers, Grandmothers, and those loving women who take on the burden of being a Mother to children in need of someone to love and care for them. We ask God to bless each and every one of these women. However, I know that we have already been blessed by having children to love and share our lives with every day.

Fern McCallum

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