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 had friends for seasons, those who come and go, each are individually unique, irreplaceable for those particular times and certainly not forgotten. As new seasons arrive, God does fill that void, sometimes. I also find those who remain true soul friends, despite time and distance, are NOT so replaceable. When circumstances claim them, for a while or until eternity, their place in the heart remains. Occasionally life returns them, in planned reunions or at unexpected intersections. In these moments, we fall into conversation with comfort and ease; afterwards, we pause, reflective and grateful. Genuine friendship is a matter of the soul, a holy engraving by the Giver, each one chosen for us. What splendid friends they make! ~dho
"And these God-chosen lives all around
- what splendid friends they make!"