Have you ever had a long-time best friend who, even though you don't see each other often, you are able to pick up right where you left off? There's such a strong connection and bond with them, it's as if you were never separated at all. You are able to share your joys and your burdens and ask each other for prayer. No matter how busy you are with work or life, you stay in touch. Friendships such as these take attention and care, trust and vulnerability.
God did not design us to live without the intimacy and fellowship of friendship. He crafted us as dependent beings, needing resources outside of ourselves for companionship, partnership, friendship and relationship. It can be difficult at times to maintain those friendships when life and busyness get in the way. But Paul reminds us in Romans 12:10 to "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." And Philippians 1:3 tells us "Every time I think of you, I thank my God." Friendships are a gift from above.
While friendships with others are needed, Jesus is our ultimate friend. The devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, gives the following perspective:
"I am your BEST FRIEND, as well as your King. Walk hand in hand with Me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments. Nothing is wasted when it is shared with me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean joy out of sorrow, peace out of adversity. Only a Friend who is also the King of kings could accomplish this divine alchemy [a way of changing one thing into something better]. There is no other like Me! The friendship I offer you is practical and down-to-earth, yet it is saturated with heavenly glory. Living in My Presence means living in two realms simultaneously: the visible world and [the] unseen, eternal reality. I have equipped you to stay conscious of me while walking along dusty, earthbound paths."
Ask your child...
Do you have a friend that you can confide in and pray with?
Challenge your child...
Reach out today and thank the people who have made a difference in your life.
Write a poem, or send a card to a friend who lives far away
Thank you, God, for all the ways you have given us to stay in touch with friends. Please help us to build and maintain deep friendships grounded in your love. Amen.