Today the word is …. friend.
I think my friend has been with me since the day I was born. He has gone everywhere I have gone, never leaving me alone. I’ve been told that He is a “friend that sticks even closer than a brother” and mine actually stuck pretty close while we were kids.
He went to school with me, which at times was uncomfortable as His attachment to me kept me from joining in with others. But on the flip side, He was a fierce protector which I needed going to school, particularly high school, in the Bronx.
He arranged it so I would meet my husband, my one and only boyfriend, and blazed the way for us to make a life together. Through all the years of our marriage, 35 this May, He stuck it out with us. He brought so many gifts into our lives, making our days all the richer for Him having been there.
Just recently, I read his words to me about our friendship:
- “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
- “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
- Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
He is a friend who has been serious about being my friend and remaining in my life. Serious about His commitment to our relationship, perhaps because He has loved me since He picked me as His friend …
“You didn’t choose me, I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit.”
At a time where there is so much talk about “community”, I have found relationship and friendship and my “place” with Him. My friend loves me deeply and tells me so, every single day …
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.”
I am deeply grateful for my Friend for there will never be a day nor a circumstance I will face alone.
My Friend for all of my life.
(photo from freedigitalphotos.net/David Castillo Dominici)
**The above Scriptures were open on my desk as I read them last night before heading to bed. They can be found in John 15:9-17, NLT.