Friday, April 25, 2014

FMF: Friends

Throughout my school-aged years, I thought friends were meant to be held onto because it sure was lonely not to have any.  Friends brought me happiness, something to do on Friday nights, and a security that I wouldn't face the dreaded lunch table by myself.

Now, I realize friends are just meant to be held.

Held in pain, in joy, when they are full of sorrow, remorse, trouble, failure.  Held in success, euphoria, quiet excitement, and loud jubilee.

We never know how our friends might need us to hold them on any given day, but they know we have arms and we understand the power of using them.

Ever since Soli Deo Gloria began, God has taught me numerous things about community and about friendship.  And He has showed me the power of love that enables us to lay down our lives for each other, how we simply black out the to-do list and the selfish thoughts when our friends come running to us in need...

when cancer strikes.
when darkness closes in.
when the air conditioner breaks, it's 100 degrees outside, and she has no money to fix it.
when sickness overtakes her children.
when she finds out she can't have children.
when she can't make it to the grocery store.
when she can't speak, only cry.
when her husband steps out on her.
when her parents die.
when her children rebel.

Friendship is hard and messy and sometimes the troubled waters are in the relationship itself.  But when we figure out how to love this selfless love, Jesus is in the midst.  Because the only way we can love like that is be cause He loved us like that first.

Here's to love.  Here's to friendship.  

Soli Deo Gloria (To God alone be the glory)

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
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  1. "Here's to love. Here's to friendship." Thank you for your friendship, Jen. Beautiful post.

  2. I'm really glad you're my friend.

  3. Oh, such good words! So thankful to have selfless friends in my life.

  4. LOVE!! This resonates with my heart and post...friendship meant to transcend and stand against the gates of Hell...all because of Jesus:) xoxo

  5. i love that difference between holding on so you won't be a lone in desperation...and the image of friends are to be "just held" big gives you space to breathe and is a mark of security/ maturity . Thanks for the thoughts

  6. Here's to love, here's to friendship! Amen. So very glad to have yours.


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