Seasons of change…

I wrote the title with confidence and knew I wanted to write about Change as this last day of 2017 comes to a close. And yet, I have stared at a blank page for quite some time. What is it that I want to say…

I think I want to put words to what has become clear to me in 2017.

In 2017 I began to realize that friendships change.

Good friendships where stories have been shared and held, where the journey has felt sweet and secure and in some space of my heart, where I believed that the friendships would last until we were all old, well, those bonds, they change.

seaonsofchange.jpgIn 2017 I began to embrace the reality of seasons of friendships.

Really good and sweet friendships may only be for a season.

There was a ministry that had been a big part of my life since my mid 20’s. During those 20+ years, I came to know many beautiful friends. As the ministry has changed, the friendships have changed. It has been a challenging and difficult part of my 2017. There may not be an apparent reason, a misunderstanding or an argument that ends a season of friendship, but I began to embrace that relationships shift over time.

When I began to embrace that friendships shift, at no fault of one or the other, I freed myself from wondering where I failed or where I have been failed. Sometimes the season ends and it is good to hold all that was shared with deep love and respect and bless the season that was.

I believe the idea of holding all that was shared with deep love and respect and bless the season that was extends beyond my experiences with changing friendships in 2017. Is there something you have also experienced as changing or fleeting in 2017? Does some change in your life feel odd or mysterious? I invite you to consider blessing the transition and free yourself from trying to figure it out. Create space for something new in your heart.

I am aware that some relationships require conversation and reconciliation and those things are a priority for sure. But this change of which I am experiencing feels different than conflict. It feels like the ebb and flow of life and the willingness to allow change to happen. I invite you to trust that as the season changes, what you have experienced and shared (and lost in some sense)can remain as good and what is to come can be anticipated with hope.

I am looking forward to a year that will invite me to grow, love, forgive, laugh, weep, celebrate, rest, stretch, work, serve, worship and change with the seasons that are sure to unfold. I hope that your year will also hold much goodness and invitation to the same. I hope you too will find God to be in the spaces of change that feel mysterious and difficult, and in the struggle, you will choose to bless all that is good!

Happy New Year!

Author: trishborgdorff

I am on a life long journey to live with integrity, honesty, kindness and full of grace.

4 thoughts on “Seasons of change…”

  1. Beautiful and meaningful expressions as always, my friend. Love the blog and love you…forever. Yes, there are ebbs and flows. It’s good recognize and accept that the the changes are part of the seasons of life. When you have a huge capacity of caring and loving, like you certainly do, it’s hard to give yourself permission to let go. But the best of a spiritual heart in friendship remains and will be resumed in eternity. Joyce

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  2. Joyce, your words bring tears to my eyes and remind me of the many years of friendship we have shared. It was so very good to see you a few weeks back. You have been in my prayers as you are now in the midst of a season of change. Praying for peace and hope as you explore and embrace new spaces! Love you friend! May 2018 bring you and yours an abundance of good and sweet moments!

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  3. Thank you for your heart of openness to share. I needed this and if only one of us needs your message it’s a gift worth writing. Love you Pat

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  4. You have a way of hitting nails on their heads. But other friendships sometimes fill the gap…

    Love to you in 2018

    Aunt Marg.

    On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 8:09 PM, Journey to my heart…. wrote:

    > trishborgdorff posted: “I wrote the title with confidence and knew I > wanted to write about Change as this last day of 2017 comes to a close. And > yet, I have stared at a blank page for quite some time. What is it that I > want to say… I think I want to put words to what has beco” >

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