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love can build a bridge

April 9, 2012

it’s hard to love people so deeply sometimes. when you can’t be with them then you miss them so much it hurts. that’s how i feel about being away from some of my closest friends. they are like family to me.

i have been blessed to have had some amazing friends throughout my life. seriously, in all walks of life, God has always given me such great gifts of friendship.

tonight i was led down a trail of memories while looking through some photos of mine and some photos of friends (thanks to Facebook^^).

i usually need background music so tonight it was The Judds singing Love Can Build a Bridge. my friend, benji (benjamin chen– he’s serving in Afghanistan right now and i’m so proud of him for following his dreams and sacrificing so much), used to always sing that song during homegroup, road trips, and anytime someone was having a tiff– he’d bust out with that song. maybe at the time we would get annoyed or laugh–it was sort of our theme song for a couple years– but now when i listen to it all i can think of our the people i love.

it’s really a great song~ i mean, i love country so i like it. 😉 anyway, i was thinking about all the people that i have loved and who have really impacted my life. i’m just so thankful.

the beautiful thing is that God has given me new memories and new faces and friends here in korea…many of whom are becoming like family.

people are precious. life is precious. cherish every moment and face.

here are a few pictures from the adventures of the Ferocious Gatos (my homegroup in college)

the original Ferocious Gatos

my favorite one of benji and me -- this picture says it all!

the Gatos go green

here is benji now~ serving faithfully~ i wish i had pictures of everyone else and where they’re at now…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2012 2:54 pm

    I had no idea that you were once a Gato! All the homegroups have changed so much over the years, even in the short time since I joined our church in 2008. It’s amazing how the personality of a group can morph even from one semester to the next.

    Reminds me of a quote: “You can never step into the same river twice.”

    • April 9, 2012 2:58 pm

      Seriously! the dynamics changed every semester and year… it was amazing how it changed… the original group of Gatos is just so special to me… those were my foundational years of my faith… and the dynamics were truly like a family… we did everything together… we had such a great community~ i’m sure it’s still amazing! i miss homegroup!

      • April 9, 2012 3:05 pm

        Fellowship Church misses you back!
        But I’m sure that God is bringing you exactly the encouragement, support (and trials!) that you need at THIS point in your life.
        Even though I’m here, I have been learning some of the same stuff, especially with friendships. The sort of friendship I considered a “good friend” a few years ago just isn’t available…because people don’t have as much time (including me!). So I’m learning to receive friendship from avenues I might have overlooked before. A broader definition. 🙂

  2. April 9, 2012 3:10 pm

    absolutely~ i have some great friends here! it’s not in a homegroup setting, but it’s a different season of life. i’m just so thankful that God always provides~ He knows what we need… it’s definitely harder to maintain friendships as you get older and work all the time. but it’s all the more reason to cherish them. =) glad to hear that you’re finding friends in new places~ i think it’s something we all have to go through as life changes and we continue to grow up. haha ^^

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