You’ll need some intentional steps to find friends for you and your spouse because adult friendships take more work than school friendships where similar interests and similar age abound. Maybe go to festivals or events out of your small town and talk to people? Maybe plan a week with old friends you’d like to keep up with? You’ve got better ideas than I can think up.
Friendships make life interesting and happy. Being able to talk freely, laugh at goofy stuff and be yourself is a gift for clergy and everyone else.
If I may suggest praying about this, without sounding deadly pious, I’ve prayed many times for God to help me find friends. I don’t trust my own ability to “see” people who may be lovely friends for me and my family. Praying for God’s help focuses my search, helps me realize I am not alone and gives me inspiration to seek out a wide range of prospects.
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Rev. Sharon M. Temple currently serves as Designated Pastor of the delightful Brookmeade Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Nashville TN. She blogs at Tidings of Comfort and Joy and contributed an essay to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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