Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. – (Proverbs 18:24, MSG)
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. – (Proverbs 18:24, NLT)
As I have begun the preparation process to return back to the classroom for the new school year, I have had the joy of reconnecting with colleagues whom I also have the privilege of calling friends. This summer, I have had the pleasure of spending time with several friends, whom I adore. I am overwhelmed when I consider the corners of my community. Between relatives, church family, lifelong friends, fitness friends, colleagues, and more, I have this beautiful circle of people on whom I can depend, that mean the world to me. Some have been in my life for decades, whereas others are relatively new members of my tribe. However, all are equal contributors to what I consider the wealth of my existence. These true friends have become family, and it is my charge to do likewise for those around me. May we all invest well in those who the Lord brings into our lives, so that we can be the truest of friends that build up and share a familial bond.
People come and go,
For not all invest;
But those who are true,
Are the very best.
The truest of friends,
Remain ever near;
Their hearts are faithful,
Their motives are clear.
A close friend for us,
Is like family;
Grants courage and grace,
And strength to just be.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of sweet friendships. Thank You for the gift of true friends in so many different facets of my life. Forgive me for the times that I have not been a good friend to those around me. Teach me to trust You more, so that I would hear Your heart for each person that I encounter, and that I might love well, as You love me. Show us how to be true friends to those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give You thanks for our friendships and go forth to be true friends to those around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad. – 1 Chronicles 16:31