Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.
What do you look for in a friend?
Someone who thinks like you do? A person with whom you can share any fear or secret or hope and know she will keep it safe?
Someone who will laugh with you? Cry with you?
Show empathy and understanding?
And, be there for you at the drop of a hat?
Most importantly, are you willing to be for your friends what you desire from them?
True friendships create bonds which bind us together no matter what circumstances we face.
A life without friendship would not be worth living . . .
In today's scripture, Jesus calls the twelve.
Out of the hundreds following Him.
He doesn't choose them for their intellectual prowess, their social status, their good looks.
Or, even their faith, of which, He asserts more than once, they have very little.
He chooses them because they are His friends.
The ones He entrusts with the fate of the Son of Man.
The ones He knows will stumble and fall and fail Him.
But, who will never cease to love Him as He loves them.
And, who will, when all is said and done, come through it all with shining colors.
For they will carry the good news about the best friend they ever had to the ends of the earth.
Will you tell your friends today how much you love them?
Will you pray with me?
We are so thankful, Father, for friendships. Our lives would be meaningless, empty, and so lonely without them. Thank you for surrounding our Lord with the love and comfort of friends during His time here on earth. Amen.
Psalms 56, 57 (58) or 64, 65
1 Corinthians 4:8-20 (21)