Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anaïs Nin

These past few weeks I have been privileged to meet some new friends. As many of you know, our Church has welcomed to Canada, two families from Syria. I do not pretend to speak for everyone who has had the privilege and opportunity to help with the resettlement of these families, but speaking from my own perspective, having the opportunity to interact with these two kind, compassionate, and vulnerable families has indeed helped me discover a world as yet unborn in me. 

Each encounter with these new friends is an opportunity to learn more about what it is to welcome the stranger. Each meeting with the children awakenes something within me that that has yet been unborn. Opportunity to spend time with the four adults also brings about a set of knowing God’s presence by getting to know another human being. I am being awakened to worlds of gratitude, kindness, gentleness, generosity, vulnerability, compassion and humour. 

I pray that we might all come to know the worlds that are being awakened in us because of our friendships. Each relationship is unique. Treasure it. Be mindful of the worlds awakened because of our friendships