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September 11, 2006, Herald Journal

It all happens for a reason


It wasn’t long after college graduation that my roommate, whom I had spent the past three years of my life with, moved away. Not far, but far enough to have lost touch with.

Luckily, one thing that keeps us together is the town we are originally come from and the church we happen to occasionally attend.

As I was sitting in church Sunday, I noticed she was also attending that day. It just so happened she noticed me as well.

She turned to me and smiled, in which I returned, but also I became a little embarrassed since she had noticed I had been noticing her.

So I looked away, but then looked back. She returned my look with a wink. I immediately had tears in my eyes.

I felt a feeling of peace that all was good with us. No hard feelings for our loss of touch, no resentment, no blame. At that moment, the only thing we both felt was gratefulness for the blessing we had been given by having each other in our lives.

Time nor distance can ever diminish the friendship we have with one another.

We have those college memories. Even the bad ones, but there is not one I will forget or regret.

So many times people come into our lives and touch our hearts in such a way that we are never the same. Some people will only stay in our lives for a short time but affect us in such a way that they remain a part of our lives forever. The memories are what we take with us.

One of my favorite sayings is from the inspirational artist and writer, Flavia. It says so much about the people who pass through our lives in a lifetime.

It’s important to remember that each and every person that comes into our lives was placed there for a reason. Even if they aren’t meant to stay forever, we can appreciate the time we did spend with them and what they taught us.