Last night I was reminded of the power of friendship, good works, and caring for one another when my hubby found a grocery bag on a front porch containing the makings for a meal, plus ice cream treats for the Hero Dog!
Jesus tells a parable about a guy whose friend comes to town unexpectedly, but he has nothing to feed him so he goes to his neighbor and asks for bread. The neighbor is cranky and put out by being asked for bread, but he begrudgingly helps out. The guy was asking for bread for his guest, not for himself. The guy tells the neighbor, “I have nothing”. How hard that must have been to admit to his neighbor!
But God provides friends who care for us when we ask for help, and sometimes even when we don’t. When Christ resides is one’s heart, it is a joy to give and it is a joy to receive.
We all long for friendships that last a lifetime, but studies show that Americans have a third fewer confidants than two decades ago. The busyness of life prevents us from taking the time to cultivate and nourish friendships, from giving our time and treasure to others. Friendships between imperfect people can only last a lifetime when our hearts are filled with love and forgiveness, warmth and grace, support and companionship.
There is only one perfect friend — our Creator, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We’re human. He’s divine.
We’re fallen. He’s perfect.
We’re broken. He’s complete.
Thank you, my anonymous friend. Thank you for your warmth and support. Thank you for giving us our daily bread without being asked. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for sharing Christ’s love, my friend! ❤
Sharon and the Hero Dog