This Friday evening my husband, Richard, and I went out for dinner with friends. It was a grand adventure since the restaurant was in the middle of nowhere, somewhere near the Illinois/Wisconsin border. What made the over an hour drive worthwhile? This particular restaurant boasted the best chicken in the world. It was great chicken, but what I will most remember about the evening was the warmth and caring of sharing a meal with great friends.
I love the time I spend with close friends. They uplift me and inspire me. It is great to hear their stories and to share mine in the kind of transparency that isn’t possible with a mere acquaintance. They bring a deep happiness that tends to transcend this world. Life is made of seasons, some are difficult and others are just plain easy. But whatever season, friends make it so much better. They teach me to soak up every last drop of life, whether the pain or the ecstasy. They make the difficult times easier and the good times even greater. Friends bring a fullness to live that just isn’t possible without them.
My wonderful friends are but a pale shadow of the Greatest Friend of all, Jesus Christ. While they make life full and rich and I thank them for all the beautiful memories; Jesus brings perfection – faithful, loving, willing to walk through the fire with you. His friendship changes you by the awesome power of His love and challenges the way to live your life. I’m so thankful that my friends echo the love and beauty that I find in my relationship with God Almighty.
And so I offer this prayer to you…
“May Jesus assure you that as you follow Him—you will never meet a fear He cannot conquer; you will never face an enemy He cannot defeat; you will never enter a battle He cannot win; you will never have a need He cannot meet; you will never face a temptation He cannot overcome; you will never have a burden He cannot lift; you will never face a problem He cannot solve; you will never have a bondage He cannot break; you will never have a moment when He does not care; you will never have a time when He is not there. Amen.”