Remembering Good Friends
The wagon full of dolls bumped behind me as I walked to my best friend, Susan’s, house to spend the afternoon. Every day we could, we spent together.
The first time my daughter got a cold, I didn’t know what to do. I called my friend, Jule, drove over with cold medicine and a measuring spoon. She stayed with me until Kim quit fussing and fell asleep.
I walked into my classroom and found it filled with blue and yellow balloons and streamers. A huge sign announced UCLA national basketball champions. My friend, Denise, got to school early to decorate my room and help me celebrate my team’s victory.
Sitting across from me, my friend Cristina, grabbed my hands and prayed with me, her words a balm on my troubled heart.
Unsure how to proceed, I called my friend, Sylvia. She became a sounding board, helping me think and apply God’s Word to a difficult situation.
I could fill page after page of stories about all of the times friends enriched my life. Friendship is one of the greatest gifts God blesses us with. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. No two look or act the same. Each plays a different role but without friends, life loses some of its flavor and joy. Friends refresh our soul.
Ways Our Friends Refresh Our Soul
- Laugh with us. We can enjoy life more when we celebrate together.
- Cry with us. They walk through the valleys, holding us up so we don’t feel so lost or alone.
- Listen to us. They pay attention when we struggle and offer wisdom, sharing their own life stories to encourage and help point the way so we can persevere.
- Comfort us in times of pain and suffering. Friends know just what we need and offer a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a meal, words of encouragement.
- Pray for us and with us.
A Prayer for Our Friends
Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, lifted his friends in prayer. I pray his prayer for each of my friends:
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1: 16-19).
Who are you thankful for today? As you #chooseathankfulheart, which friends refresh your soul? I would love you to share their name and something about that friend for which you are thankful. And I will join you in lifting them in prayer.
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