Sunday, September 1, 2013

What a Friend We Have In Jesus....

"Come near to God and He will come near to you."  James 4:8
   "What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer."  This line is just the beginning of a song that has been dear to my heart since childhood.  I think truly we all long to hear the words, he/she is a friend of God as we see in the Word about Abraham.
   Don't we truly enjoy those relationships that the Lord has blessed us with that have given us so much comfort and in which we can feel so comfortable?  There are some friends we can be with in which we don't even HAVE to talk.  Just being together brings a great sense of peace.  Then there are times that we both talk over each other with the excitement of life that only the two of us know intimately.  We finish each other's sentences, correctly; look at each other and both know what the other is going to say, often the very same thing.  What a great blessing these relationships are when they come into our lives.  
   I can think of only a handful of these friendships that have blessed my life over the past 50 plus years.  With these friends, no matter how long it's been since we've seen each other, we just pick up where we left off the last time we were together. 
   I pray that one of these friendships in your life is with Jesus, the one who laid down His life for you. John 15:13
   "Father God, please accept me with open arms when I just want to be with You.  Thanks for those times.  What Peace!  The excitement of renewed joy when we both have that look - the one where we know that we are totally on the same page.  God, I would that more of Your children would be so ready to spend time with You that there would be such a variety of ways to be with You that we have a veritable smorgasbord of relational activities.  Lord, please permeate our communities, work places, homes, churches, etc. to the point that You are so evident in Your love and grace in all we see.  Thank You for Your deep and strong love for each of Your children and for imparting that same love in our hearts for You and those around us. We love You, in Jesus' name, Amen." 

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