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2/15 - What a Friend We Have

. Posted in 2013 Lenten Readings

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)

When Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross, he showed himself to us as the truest, noblest, and most loving of friends. He prayed to his Father for release from the suffering to come, but loving us, he submitted himself to his Father’s will. An old Roman adage says, "Wherever you are, God is." In our lives, Jesus is our ever-present companion, walking with us in moments of joy and pleasure, and also in our darkest times. When we feel alone, and perhaps even that God has forgotten us, "God is." The Footprints in the Sand story reminds us that we may need to be carried, not just accompanied on our journey through life, and Jesus, our faithful friend, is there. Blessing us with His abiding friendship.

When we sing “What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! “ are not our hearts uplifted, are we not once again assured that not only can we take our trials and troubles to Jesus, but we must!

To paraphrase a familiar poem... “Jesus doesn't walk in front of me... I may not follow. Jesus doesn't walk behind me... I may not lead. Jesus walks beside me and is my friend. “

Prayer: Gracious God, we pray that Jesus' example of friendship will lead us to deeper relationships with our friends. Help us to put aside the unimportant busyness of our lives so that we are available to those who need us, whenever that need arises. In Jesus' name and for his sake. Amen

Submitted by Jane English