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I met a friend for breakfast yesterday morning. We parked across from each other, walked toward each other & conversation began:

Friend: “I cannot believe I am meeting you for coffee in my cleanest dirty shirt. I really need to do laundry.”

I looked at her shirt & frankly, it didn’t look so bad to me. And then I confessed as I waved my arms over my legs just above my knees:

“Are you kidding? I can’t believe I am meeting you with jeans that have been spewed on by an infant in the baby room at church yesterday!!”

“Let me make it clearer”, I said as I continued to enthusiastically wave my arms over my pant legs, “These have really been spewed on!!!”

And so, we entered Panera for breakfast. Of course, there was not a soul sitting near us. But then it is Patriots’ Day & school vacation. I bet you thought it was our clothes that kept everyone at a distance!


When you find that person that you can be yourself with, it is a gift.

When you find that person that accepts you as you are, THAT is an even bigger gift.

Scripture tells us a few things about friendship:

  • “A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17 NIV). In The Message, it is worded, “Friends love through all kinds of weather.” A true friend will be supportive.
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV). The New American Commentary states, “People must not shy away from interacting with their peers since it is an education in itself.” (page 220). We truly learn from one another. Life is better for having shared with one another.

Helen Keller had this to say about friendship:

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

Jesus put it this way:

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV).

“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…”. (John 15: 14-15a NIV). 

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV).

May God bless us with a good friend. May we be a good friend to others. But more so, may we rely on the One who is our closest friend.