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Friday means looking at the word prompt and joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.

Today’s prompt is … Lift.

This past week, an old friend called. We talked on the phone for well over an hour sharing and catching up on everything we could think of and fit into a phone call. Tears streamed and laughter rolled, making it seem like just yesterday that we had been together.

It was probably about 32 years ago that our paths crossed and our friendship began. Our pastor at the time said we were just like David and Jonathon, friends that were tightly knitted. There was no way he could ever know how prophetic those words would turn out to be.

Lift > to raise or direct upward, as defined by dictionary.com.

Years ago the friendship lifted me in ways I did not even know I needed. She lifted my eyes to look toward Jesus. She lifted my spirits and made me laugh at times when I did not think I would ever laugh again. And she lifted me up in prayer when I could not utter a word in prayer.

Much like Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses, she held me up in prayer when I was tired or just flat out ready to give up. She stayed the course until the battle was won.

And we’ve been doing this for each other ever since …

“Moses arms soon became so tired that he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.” (Exodus 17: 12-13, NIV)

Sometimes we need lifting. Other times we need to be the ones who lift. But the lift is often comes in the form of friendship – deeply rooted in the love of Christ. It is there we discover –

“You raise us up to more than I can be.”

 

Today I am joining …  Five Minute Friday and Faith Filled Friday and Grace & Truth and Faith ‘N Friends and Fresh Market Friday .