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June-July 2021

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Intentional Relationships

By Hannah Gorrell


The COVID-19 season of life has lasted much longer than any of us hoped or expected. It seems we have been endlessly separated from friends and loved ones in one sense or another. Sometimes, we only see our friends through screens or plexiglass. The past year has felt like one of the loneliest times in history. We have been challenged to find new ways to interact and form relationships.

As human beings, we are made for relationships. God told Adam it was not good for him to be alone, so God created a companion for him. We should resist the temptation to take the easier route, shying away from relationships. My prayer is that we find new ways to be intentional in our friendships. Intentionality will enrich our love for people even more. We may express this by writing letters to friends far away or making phone calls to grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

I encourage you to set aside time every day to do these things. Make time to express yourself but also to relax. The relationships you need to maintain are not far away. Be sure to spend time with those in your household. Honor your father and mother and those who take care of you. Remember, your siblings are your companions for life.

Commit to reaching out to a different friend or loved one every day this week. You will be surprised when you not only lift their spirits, but they also raise yours.

About the Writer: Hannah Gorrell is a 2021 senior at Welch College. Hannah is a WNAC scholarship recipient. She was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, where she attends McCorkle FWB Church. Hannah enjoys gardening, singing, crafting, and spending time with and cooking for friends and family.


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