Every once in a while, in a person's life, a life-long friend surfaces. I have a few including my wife, but even before her I have a friend like that in Mike Wollard.
Mike and I have been friends since the 5th grade. We have shared tons of hours together in all kinds of sports arenas, we have spent endless hours in the woods hunting, we have both been there for each other through difficult times, we have spent many hours traveling together to the beach in Ocean City Maryland, We have prayed for each other, and well, we just really enjoy hanging out together.
Yet, distance and my calling as a pastor has separated for about 20 years. Me in Indiana, and Mike in Maryland. Yet no time or space will ever change how we care about each other. We have the kind of friendship that doesn't keep score, feel the need to call back, or wonder if we have offended each other. We just pick up where we left off the last time; whether it was a text, a short call, or a visit to Western Maryland to his mountain property for our annual Wild at Heart Men's Retreat.
So one again this year we picked up where we left off the last time and jumped right back into conversation. Mike is one of the most generous, caring men that I know and I Love this dude like a brother.
Pages could be filled with all of our escapades, yet the ones that always comforts my heart were the times we talked about Jesus together. Not only is Mike a life-long friend, but an eternal one because of Jesus. Thanks again Mike for being a real friend!
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer then a brother.
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