The Gift of Friendship...
Yesterday we looked at the gift of the "Holy Spirit" and Jesus' gift to us, "His death on the cross". Today, I want to share yet another gift you can't but when you experience it, your life is forever changed. Yesterday's gift changes your spiritual life, with the Power to overflow into your everyday life.
Today's gift of "friendship" is summed up best in the C.S. Lewis quote above, it's unnecessary but gives value to our life while here on earth. This past week has been one of hustle and bustle. There is the everyday activities of work, groceries, and laundry with the additions of special luncheons, evening gatherings and holiday baking. The specialness of the additions, is the friends in which we spend time with to celebrate these moments.
Friendship doesn't come in a box. You can't contain it in a box or place a bow on it to make it look beautiful. Friendship is a genuine, heartfelt, loving, and special relationship between two people with similar interests. Notice I didn't say, the same, but instead...similar.
I don't know about you, but some of my closest friends don't have the same interests and attitudes as me. We like similar things. We have similar hobbies and taste in music or movies yet when you look at us as individuals, we are so very different. It's the differences that compliment our friendships, the reason it works so well. You need a little variety to keep things from getting boring.
I'm thankful for my friends and the variety of friendships I have. If I'm in the mood to sit and crochet or craft, there are a couple friends that instantly come to mind. If I'm in the mood to just chillax on the deck with or watch a movie, another is the one I'd call. When I'm at my breaking point and just need to release some of the pressure, stress, and overwhelming feelings...there are those I can share with, knowing it stays in confidence and they join me in prayer. Sometimes, praying together, to the Holy Spirit, to intercede as we know not how to pray.
"Finally, the real definition of a true friend comes from the Apostle Paul:
While you can't unwrap a physical gift
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323