Monday, January 31, 2011

Friendship Blessing

We often take friendships for granted. We often assume that they know how we feel and that we need not contact them or even think to send them a small note.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget the importance of a Friendship Blessing.

We know that true friendship is scarce but we also know that people are placed in our lives for so many different reasons. The reasons vary from friend to friend and a true friend is certainly a jewel to find. Sometimes you are given a friend that is there for you day in and day out, other times you are given friends that are around every now.  Other times you make new friends that take the place of friends that are long gone. In any case a Friendship Blessing is special and truly needed in your life.  I can't imagine not being blessed with friends of all types in my life. 

Within the past two days I have had a friend have an accident, thank God he was okay and walked away praising God for protecting him and I have had a friend pass away.  It surely has made me realize the importance of a friend and the role they play in our lives.   I was so saddened to hear of my friend's death & of course wished that I had that one last time to say I love you or it is good to have you as a friend.   Although we didn't talk constantly I knew of her strong presence not only in my life but in the lives of so many others.

It led me to the thought that friends are very important in our lives. It is important to be a friend as it is important to have a friend. I posted a quote on my FB page and it read as such A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart!"  I truly believe that statement. A friend can be more to you at times than a family member.  They can be the ones that can put you right on track when you are off course.  They are the ones that you can count on not to judge you for the things you do apart or the things you do together.  A friend is sometimes there when your family has turned their back on you.  The physical presence of a friend is something special.  The Bible says "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24)

Sometimes friends hurt you as well, but because we have the truest of friends in Jesus we know the importance of forgiveness and how it can make a friendship flourish to greater heights.  We know that A wound is always painful, but it may be necessary to correct and so it should be appreciated especially when done in love. "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses" (Proverbs 27:6)  A true friend is always interested in the ultimate and best interests of his friend, not just in temporary ease like the kiss can provide.

I just want to encourage you all to be a true friend. Don't just reach for their hand, truly reach for their heart and be true to each person you call friend. The blessing of friendship creates such a great feeling inside. To all I have called my friends & those who truly know me, know that when I say I am a friend I am friend until the end. In ALL times good or bad that friendship will always be there.  I didn't want another day to go by without expressing that to my friends, and you know exactly who you are.  I appreciate you and love each of you dearly. 

If you have a friend take a moment right now to confess your appreciation and love for that friendship, you just can't wait any longer, don't wait don't hesitate just do it. Be the true friend and reach out and touch a heart.

Be Blessed, Be Encouraged & Be a Blessing!

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