A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time. – (Proverbs 17:17, HCSB)
A friend loves you all the time, but a brother was born to help in times of trouble. – (Proverbs 17:17, ERV)
Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble. – (Proverbs 17:17, MSG)
A true friend loves regardless of the situation, and a real brother exists to share the tough times. – (Proverbs 17:17, VOICE)
This is yet another reminder that we were created to be in community. If we invest in time with friends and family, we grow close and are ready to walk alongside each other, no matter what comes our way. True investment connects hearts and lives, and provides opportunity to love and be loved as God intended. Though a simple concept, it requires intentional investment. May we ever seek the Lord to show us how to invest in our relationships with friends and family, and to equip us to love and help one another at all times.
No matter what comes,
We are called to seek;
Time with each other,
When one friend falls down,
Another is near;
To help the one up,
And overcome fear.
Together there’s strength,
The power to move;
Hope to keep going,
And fear is removed.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created and called us to be in community. Thank You for the friends and family that You have placed around us. Thank You for the gift of loving and being loved. Forgive us for neglecting to invest in those You have placed around us. Teach us to know the balance of time and energy that will grow depth in our community without depleting us of necessary rest. Show us how to love well, so that our friends and family know that they always have someone in their corner, ready to walk beside them. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, for You are the ultimate Father and friend. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the family and friends around us, and seek You to lead us to love one another well. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. – Ecclesiastes 4:9