Last night I enjoyed meeting with one of our small groups from Woodland in the home of dear friends.  We sat in front of a crackling fire and dreamed about our church’s future and prayed for one another.  The people I sat with I know and love deeply.  With each of them I have laughed, cried, prayed, eaten meals with and with some watched football!  One of our greatest gifts to one another is trust. 

Sunday night we joined with other family friends and watched the Super Bowl together.  Although I was disappointed in the outcome of the game, okay, I was real disappointed with the outcome of the game.  While we were driving home, I kept thinking, how good it is do life together with good friends.

I have some friends who are really serious, sober, reflective and always thinking “deep thoughts.”  Then I have some friends who if they have a deep thought, they are not about to let you know, unless you really swear that you will never, never share that they had a deep thought.  They laugh, tell jokes, and always light up the room when they walk in.  But serious or gregarious their friendship has fed my soul.

Friendship is wonderful gift.  Over the years I’ve been blessed with good friends, trusting friends and friends that have stepped into my life when I needed someone that said, “I believe in you and your dream.”  There is a quality of life that consists in not how many friends you have but in having good friends.

The Bible says, “Clothe yourselves in love.  Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14 (NCV)

I share this passage of scripture with you tonight because our culture and our community in particular seems to have been living in a fog of negative news and discouragement.  So lets take a fresh look at friendship, family and our church.  This is a challenging time, but there is so much to be grateful for.

I just want to gratefully acknowledge the love of my wife, children, church and friends.  God holds we imperfect people together in his perfect love.

Who has been a friend to you?  Thank them for being your friend and promise to be a better friend to them than ever before!

Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. I too have been reflecting on things the last few days and where my life would be without the ultimate friend of Christ. I know I would have never had as much of a good time feeling the agony of defeat after the outcome of the Super Bowl. I am thankful everyday that Christ led me through the doors of Woodland and over the years have been able to build friendships that are stronger than many relatives in my family. These are the type of friends that will go to play a round of golf with you or cry with you over the loss of a job.

  2. Blessed is the man with good friends. You hit it right on the head Pastor. Trust. How could you “do life” without a good trusted friend, or two…or three.

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