While cleaning my flower garden the other day, I saw my garden stone, given to me by a dear friend many years ago. She and I had worked together during a stressful time in both our lives, and God used that friendship to gird us up and better prepare us to face the rough seas. Looking at that stone, I was reminded of the verses from Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” The joys of friendship are many.
The Joy of Friendship
I’ve been blessed by many precious friendships throughout my life and as I post this “Moment in Time”, my mind is actively calling up from the past, the many faces of those dear friends. “As iron sharpens iron, so one [person] sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). As I think of some of those friendships, I recognize that God sent them to me to make me become a better person. One friendship from long ago was that of encouragement and understanding. In 1987, I wrote of that friendship, “
Some here, some there
Along the journey of life,
Over a period of time –
joys and sorrows
These moments, when gathered together
Create a fragrant bouquet which we call –
Today as I reflect upon the journey of life, I pause to thank God for the many blessings God has sent me in the form of friends. In every church where my husband and I have served we’ve established life-long friends. We have dear friends who have made their homes in foreign lands for the purpose of serving the Lord as full-time missionaries. Precious friendships have been established in neighborhoods where we’ve lived, in the schools where I’ve taught, in our RV Park, in jobs where God has placed us. Though we seldom see many of these friends, they are ever near to our hearts.
Acquaintances come and go throughout our lives, but friendships – they are the fragrant bouquet that enrich our lives forever. Sometimes a friend is given to us as a gift for a season, sometimes for a lifetime, but all are treasures, and gifts from God. I thank God today, for you, my dear friends.
Conviction to Pray More for my Friends
I recently heard a story that burrowed deep within my heart. I’d like to close this post by sharing it with you.
I have a cousin who has a progressive disease that over the past many years has been stealing all her mobility, her speech, and her very life. She is wheelchair bound. When we are together, she makes valiant efforts to speak. I know her frustration must be tremendous as we sit and stare into her beautiful smiling face, understanding very little of what she has said.
Recently her daughter was speaking to another family member and asked directly about me, by name. The person being asked replied, “I didn’t know you even knew Glen’s kids – and I’m impressed, you even know each of their names.”
The response was immediate, “Of course I know them. Mom prays for them every night by name. They are on her prayer list.”
I have a prayer list… but am not nearly as faithful to pray for my friends and loved ones. At the time of this writing, I desire to be reminded to be consistent in praying God’s blessings upon each of you who I call friend. Thank you for blessing my life in so many wonderful ways.