Friends Come And Friends Go

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."  - Proverbs 18:24

Most of us have had many friends over our lifetime.  Some of those friends have been life-long friends.  Other only last for a 'season', and then they are gone.  Many of these friendships evolve into a 'family-type' friendship; in other words, the friend is just like part of the family.  And, when we lose one of those friends, it's an upset to our ego, and our self-esteem falls.  Perhaps we have trusted these friends enough to share things we might not ever discuss with others, and then we feel betrayed.

There are also those that never seem to get the knack of acquiring meaningful relationships in their lives.  Friends just aren't in a big supply for them.  They may be timid, unable to make an acquaintance easily; therefore, they never leave themselves open for a friendly-type relationship.

There is one friend with whom we can have a 'daily vistitation' --- the best friend that you or I could have.  You won't have to worry about this friend 'leaving you' or forsaking you.  This friend gave His life that you and I might find ours!  When there is nobody else to listen to your hurts, He is there to pick you up.  He doesn't have to be consoled - He will comfort you.  When all your earthly friends have removed themselves from your life, Jesus will still be there.  He loves you like no other friend could!

Heavenly Father, we often find ourselves perhaps in outs with our friends.  We can't come to gripes with a failed relationship.  Help us to realize YOU are the greatest friend we could ever have, and you will never leave us!  Help us trust in you completely!  We give you praise!  Jesus name we pray.  Amen. 

Copyright 2004 by Barbara Sanders, Empire, AL. Used by permission.
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