The Need For Comradery
Comradery- The spirit of friendship and community in a group, like the comradery of soldiers at war who keep each other upbeat despite the difficulty of their circumstances.
I had a mom recently ask if I would like to hang out with her sometime to talk and get coffee. Her exact words were,” You know, just to talk, cry with someone. I just need a friend. I have been so overwhelmed lately.” Did she read my mind? (And probably the mind of many mothers out there) I said, “Yes! I would love to, I need a friend too!” How encouraging and refreshing it was to have another mother be so blunt and ask for a true friendship.
Ladies, the mediocre friendships are there. Yes, the husband and children are great. The house is picked up. We even made it to church three Sundays in a row. Yep, we have the small talk down pat. We have figured out how to paint the picture of the Proverbs 31 woman.
However, it’s the true comradery we are lacking and greatly need. I know technology has given us many conveniences we wouldn’t normally have, yet I believe mammas in many ways had it easier back in the day. It was the friendships that made the difference. It was unheard of for women to work outside the home. This gave them the advantage of being together more often. I picture that when they got together to let their children play that they knew more about each other than just the recipe they tried the night before. Instead they talked of their trials, tribulations, shared victories, and prayed for their husbands and children. If they were Christian women there was no bashing of husbands or talking of how their kids were driving them crazy, no… It was a vulnerability and a bearing of their soul. (There is a difference) A place where the other women would say, “Oh girl I’ve been there… this is what turned my marriage around or this is how I better loved my children.”
Yes we are women. We cry a lot, laugh a lot, and carry the weight of the world. But we can also leave a huge impact by simply speaking truth. Truth of God’s word, truth of failures, and truth of victories. The truth is we don’t always feel like smiling through this motherhood journey. True friends will carry us, encourage us, and remind us of God’s grace. That my friends is true comradery. Who’s with me?
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