The Bible tells us that "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help." (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NRSV) I was talking to my sister the other day and we were discussing the value of our friends we have that we can talk to face to face. Human contact and interaction is the best medicine ever! Yesterday I had lunch with two of that kind of friends and I think my blood pressure came down a point or two just because we were able to talk honestly and laugh loudly. We talked about religion and politics (which we do not agree about but oh well...) without any sign of anger. We said grace for our meal and prayed for our families and our country. We are different! We are alike too because we both love the Lord. We agree that God always wins and that is our hope for the future of our children and grandchildren. During this time of change in our nation and in our lives, hold fast to your friends. Keep all of them in your hearts and love them in spite of your differences. The Apostle Paulwrote to the Romans, "Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (12:9 NRSV) That is the true value of friendship!
Your Friend and Sister in Christ,