Finding New Friends in Christ

Luke 7:44

Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?”

Thought for the Day:  Get to Know Someone New

I love the friends in Christ who travel life’s journey with me. Most do not live near me and we do not get to see each other often.  But they are the ones who I have prayed for and who have prayed for me.  As I look back on my relationship with most and reflect on how our friendship began, I see quiet beginnings.  Being shy and quiet makes it difficult to reach out in a public way to those around me to make quick friendships that I read about in books and statuses on public media.  I’m just not in those groups.  My friends come from situations where either I ask for someone to pray for me or when someone shares a situation with me where they need comfort and where they need a prayer.  I found one friend when we were both going through similar situations in transition – we both began new teaching positions the same week.  I found another friend because we were both having struggles with our children being in unique situations in making friends.  Many of my friends have come to me through talks about grief.  In all of these friendships, I have had God in the leading role of bringing us together.  God has ordained those friendships to last a lifetime.  I do not see these friends but we live in Christ with each other.  We pray for each other and that makes us close no matter how far we live apart.

As I read a devotional this morning, I was touched in a special way.  The devotional was about meeting new people, recognizing that every person is unique.  When we meet new people on our daily walk, we need to look at them in that way Jesus taught us.  We never know by looking from the outside the feelings they have or the struggles they might be having.  In all of the friendships that are the deepest to me, I look back and see that the friendship wasn’t made in the first glance of that person as I met them but in the talks of compassion and love that came later.  Today, as I look at my students and as I look at the faculty members in my new school, I want to look at them as Jesus taught.  I want to look at them with the compassion and love.  Who knows, maybe a new friendship in Christ will develop in one of my new teacher friends.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for the friendships you have ordained in our lives.  Help us today to follow Your lead in how we see people on our daily walk.  Help us to see their needs and concerns and help them see You in me.  Amen.

Thought for the Day: Friends

 

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