“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves” is one of my favorite quotes. I’ve been blessed with many truly good friends, some much more like sisters and brothers. They have shared the highs and lows of my life and have always been there to love me. Jesus understood friendship: he raised Lazarus from the dead and he forgave Peter’s betrayal even when Peter couldn’t forgive himself. I like to think that I am as good a friend to others as they are to me, but in the busyness of life, I know I fall short. I’ll not return the phone call that I should have because I’m doing something that is “more important.” But what is more important than showing the same love to someone that they show to you? So, this year I will make it a priority to be the one to make the call rather than return it.