We can never replace a friend. When a man is fortunate enough to have several, he finds they are all different. No one has a double in friendship.
Johann Von Schiller
Although we all have friends for seasons, those who come and go, they are individually unique, irreplaceable for those particular times and certainly not forgotten. Yet, as new seasons arrive, it would seem God does fill their void, sometimes, both different and same. I also find those who remain true soul friends, despite time and distance, are NOT so irreplaceable. When circumstances claim them, for a while or for eternity, their place remains; because life returns them with time, in planned reunions or at unexpected intersections. In these moments, we either pick up where we left off with today and then, or we pause reflective and grateful. Genuine friendship is a matter of the soul, a holy engraving by the Giver. They are all different! ~dho
"And these God-chose lives all around - what splendid friends they make!"
Psalms 16:3 The Message