Every year, I spend a weekend with these dear friends from college. We share about our lives over the past year. We cry. We encourage. We listen. We hope. We challenge one another. We pray for one another. We stay up too late. There are a lot of back rubs and delicious meals. And then, we go home (quite exhausted). What a gift to have friends that last through all the changes and hardships and joys and hurt feelings. What a gift, indeed.