Friday, June 6, 2008

A story of Friendship

Good morning, dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

When I stepped outside early this morning , the air was already warm and heavy and was not fresh. The odor of the neighbor's cigar that he smokes outside in the evening was still in the air! :o(

But I am sure we will get some breezes which will blow in some fresher air and it will be a wonderful day! God is Faithful!

We did not walk yesterday because of the heat... even the weatherman said to stay indoors , so that is what we tried to do, except for errands. We did drive through the Park, though, and saw Terry on the mower. The usual anhinga was drying its wings and we saw the gopher tortoise once again, only this time behind the fence and right by his hole. God is good!

This is from an old edition of Today in the Word which I saved because it is such a beautiful story of friendship.

1 Samuel The Lord is witness between you and me forever.

The story is told of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, film critics for the two Chicago newspapers. They were asked to do a television show reviewing movies, but said they would rather do it with someone else, since they were competitors.

But something changed along the way. Siskel and Ebert did the show for 24 years, giving their famous "thumbs up" or thumbs down" to thousands of films and becoming household names in the process.

Over the years respect grew between them, and it deepened into friendship and love.

Such partnerships and friendships are valuable beyond words and that was certainly the case with David and Jonathan. This friendship kept even in the volatile atmosphere of Saul's court. Jonathan blessed David and loved him as he loved himself.

What was the standard in their relationship? " Unfailing kindness like that of the Lord" (vs 14)

What a beautiful picture of biblical friendship we see in David and Jonathan! They were friends against the odds, through tough times, wholeheartedly. My hope is that God has blessed you with at least one such friend-someone who knows you well, who sticks with you through thick and thin, and who loves you unconditionally.

Today write a "thank you" note to a friend. Tell him or her how thankful you are for the friendship, and mention a specific trouble or difficulty that person helped you through. Affirm the qualities you value in your friend, and encourage him or her to continued spiritual growth.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,