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Beer and Chicken Wings with a Side of Awesome

I was on an anniversary vacation with my husband when my phone made the familiar “ding” in response to a text message.

It simply read, “I know this is crazy, but want to help me plan an epic surprise?

Of course, I was all in.

The husband of one of my dearest friends knew his wife needed something big for her birthday. And while the lure of jewelry or musical tickets was tempting, he knew she was craving a kindred spirit. Problem was, that kindred spirit lived three states away. I suppose that’s what they make airplanes for, you figure?

When I walked in the door, she was cradling her newborn son in her arms. She was exhausted. I poked my head around the kitchen door, “Susan!” I said. But before I could get the word “surprise” out of my mouth, she was on her knees in tears. All of us were, actually. Never before have I experienced such elation at seeing someone who knew my soul, and I, hers. We both needed one another

I often think about the joy Mary and Elizabeth must’ve experienced as they greeted one another—in rejoicing not only in friendship but in God’s big love. He is a good, good Father, isn’t He?

God knows when we need the Holy Spirit’s power and strength delivered to us by a friend toting chicken wings and beer, with a promise of a pedicure and college football. I’m 100% sure of it. Holy and beautiful friendships with other women have opened my eyes to God’s graces. His promises. His mercy. His love.

I may not have stayed three months, instead just a short three days. But, as Susan and I stood in the airport to say our goodbyes, embracing one another and crying the ugly cry, my heart was full. God doesn’t promise us an easy life, easy deliveries, easy marriages, easy kids or easy crosses, but He does promise us eternity.

That, I believe, is worth making the journey.

The Visitation is one of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Try to pray those mysteries today. Start here if you need help remembering them.

Kathryn Whitaker and her husband, Scott, have 6 awesome kids, teen to toddler. She is a former public relations consultant turned freelance graphic designer, party planner, organizer, and preemie advocate who hails from the Lone Star state. You can find out more about her here.

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    May 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

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      JoAnn
      June 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Many tears here as well and a reminder that “friends in the Spirit” are friends forever!

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    Mary
    May 31, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Beautiful reflection! I love how you made the connections!!!

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      Kathryn
      June 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      The Holy Spirit did those, no doubt.

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    Deb
    May 31, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Made me cry today! I loved your reflection.

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      Sara
      May 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Yes, I cried too 🙂

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      Kathryn
      June 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you, I should’ve included a tissue warning!

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    Debby
    May 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Two years ago, I was deathly ill and had an emergency surgery that left me a bit helpless for several months. I still remember the joy I felt when my youngest sister arrived to take care of me for a few days. She is a busy mom with 3 young children and dropped everything to be with me. Then after she left my sweet dear girlfriends took turns caring for me so that my husband could return to work. I am blessed with the dearest of friends. I love how you reminded me of the beautiful women in my life through this reading. Yes indeed~ God’s grace.

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      Kathryn
      June 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Those sound like some spectacular friends!

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    Theresa
    May 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t know when I have read a more moving reflection. What a beautiful story to relate to the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth. Thank you for that.

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    Theresa
    May 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t know when I have read a more moving reflection. What a beautiful story to relate to Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Kathryn
      June 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Sometimes the reflections write themselves ?

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    Karolina
    June 1, 2017 at 5:37 am

    love this ♥ so true!

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