From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
Life is wonderful! Life, for all, has its share of problems and challenges, but one of the great blessings and joys of life is a person’s set of friends. In my opinion, Webster, others’, and even my definition of a friend or friendship is inadequate; thus, I will not provide a definition of these two words. In times of a crisis or disaster, friends come to your rescue or assistance. They empower you to make it through the challenges or difficulties facing you. Over the years, Rhonda and I (mostly Rhonda) have developed good friendships with many people. We are truly blessed and thankful for our friends. In our daily prayers, we thank God for our friends.
Friends remind you of the deep blue sky behind the stormy clouds. Friends hold up your arms when they become tried and weary. Friends just sit and hold your hands when your heart aches with unbearable pain. Friends will help carry your load in life after they are completely exhausted from carrying their own. Friends make you smile right before you go into an audit with an agent from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); friends are people who let you know, “I’ve got your back.” Thank you for “having our back.” Friends, your numerous acts of kindness continue to overwhelm us, especially the prayers. No person is an island! We need people and we need friends.
Today’s Spiritual Moment is designed to remind us of several passages in the Bible and what they say about or relate to friends or friendships. Read and meditate on these:
1. “…But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).
2. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (Jo.15:13).
3. “Two are better than one, Because they have good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion (friend)” (Eccl. 4:9-10).
4. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Prov. 27:6).
5. “Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt” (I Sam. 18:1-4).
6. “Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, See how He loved him!” (Jo. 11:33-36).
Don’t forget to thank God for your friends and the friendships in your life.