Who’s Got the Time?

   Reviewing from last week’s posts Hard to Find and Toss and Trash,  part of this “lost art of friendship” phenomenon is probably cultural – we’re all soooooo busy, aren’t we?  The soccer games, the dance recitals, the corporate boardrooms, fundraisers, art shows, football games, open houses, Sunday school, ministry, family, car pool, too much month at the end of the money, and … Well.  You get the idea.

Back in the days of the horse and buggy, where a typical work day consisted of sun-up to sun-down, did folks have trouble making and retaining friends?  I’m not suggesting a regression to Little House on the Prairie, but what happened to our extended families?   The industrial revolution?   Tract housing?  Cars?  A newly mobile society that would rather huddle up home alone than phone a friend, mail a card, attend a wedding or graduation, a pie social, picnic, or barn raising?  Too much television?  Video games?  Computers?  Little boxes made for one.  And only one. 

We live in an age of isolation.  Independence.  Autonomy.  Rugged individualism.  Lone rangers.  Solo acts: “Just Jesus and me, baby, that’s all I need.” 

Really? 

Then we did Jesus choose twelve disciples?

Why are good friends so hard to find?  Perhaps even more troubling, why are they so hard to keep for so many?  How does one initiate a friendship?  Grow it, cultivate it, nourish it into something beyond, headline news and the box office marquees?

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