III John 13 “I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.”
Doesn’t it feel nice to have friends? Just a few minutes ago, I talked to a dear friend on the phone. She always encourages me and makes me laugh, and I hope I do the same for her. Friendship is a rare and beautiful gift, and when we find it, we must take great care to nurture it and keep it alive and healthy.
John knew the importance of friendship. Even though he didn’t have a telephone, he made it a point to write and let his friends know how special they were. He told them he missed them, and he longed to see them again.
In this age of internet and e-mail, it is very easy to become a hermit. But God created us for relationships! I challenge you, this very week, to pick up the phone and call an old friend. Take someone to lunch. Or even better, invite them over for morning coffee!
Dear Father, Thank you for giving me friends. Help me to be a better friend to others, and show me how to nurture and build those friendships. Thank you for being the greatest Friend of all!