Finding “my people” through prayer

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Your Healings - February 23, 2021.

I felt friendless and alone. It was the summer before my junior year in high school, and as September approached, I didn’t know whom I was going to sit with at lunch, talk to between classes, or call my friends.  

Throughout my first two years of high school, I’d struggled to make solid and lasting friendships. I was friendly with many of my classmates but didn’t really connect with them or have contact with them outside of school. And several times when I had become good friends with other girls, the friendships ended up falling away because of our differing interests. During my sophomore year, one friend told me in the nicest way that I wasn’t “fun enough.” She wanted to go to parties, and she also knew that drinking wasn’t something I wanted to do. So she found other friends to hang out with. 

I wanted a close-knit group of friends with whom I could be myself. I wanted to feel loved and not rejected.

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