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Topic: Outgoing (05/05/11)
- TITLE: Reconnect
By DAWN PHILLIPS
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They found each other on Facebook and it seemed innocent enough to “add this friend”, after all, it had been twenty years since their falling out, and time seems to heal many wounds. She did not anticipate a lunch request in her message inbox, and after much consideration Rachel decided it would be interesting to see how time had changed her friend. After all, time had changed her, hadn’t it? And deep down, Rachel maybe even believed that they could be friends again. She had missed Kelly and the comfortable friendship they once had many times throughout these years.
But now, sitting at that stoplight, moments away from seeing her old friend, Rachel was regretting her decision to reconnect. After all, it was not her fault that Kelly had judged her, had left her out in the cold when Rachel needed a friend most of all. Five years of friendship lost with one fateful confrontation. “You’ve sinned Rachel, and you need to ask God for forgiveness for what you’ve done.”
Rachel flashed back on the anger that was burning in her chest at that moment of judgment. Rachel wasn’t even sure there was a God to ask forgiveness of back then, after all that had happened to her. How dare Kelly level this accusation of condemnation at her? Kelly had never even asked what led up to the offense in question, and empathy was not her strong suit.
Kelly was the pretty one. You know the type, outgoing, popular, athletic, the attention getter. The worst thing that ever happened to Kelly was a bad hair day, but she just had to get on her high horse without an ounce of consideration for Rachel. It was all about Kelly, it always was. Up until that moment, Rachel would never have believed that her most trusted friend would in her eyes, become her greatest betrayer. Their friendship ended.
The light turned green and Rachel headed down the road. They hadn’t spoken in twenty years, and of course, Rachel knew now that Kelly had been right, that she had sinned back then, and did indeed ask for forgiveness many years later. Rachel found a still lingering bitterness in her heart, an overwhelming urge to turn around, and the realization that though she could endure this one lunch, things between her and her lost best friend could never be recovered.
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