I Corinthians 12:12-13

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 

Thought for the Day:   Friends are Friends Forever

What a blessing to know that friends are praying for you and loving you through as difficult times arise!  My husband and I were looking through Facebook replies to our status about our older son’s rollerblading accident over the weekend where he fractured the bone above the wrist.  As we spoke to each other about these friends, we immediately began remembering different ones and the way they have always supported us in special ways.  There are friends from our childhood who, although they have never met our spouse or children, give us precious words of love.  There are friends from our single years who shared special times with us and now we share those special times with each other through social media.  There are those who we became friends with because of our children as they had children the same age.  There are friends from church who have seen a new family come into the church and have shared themselves with us.  The circle of friends seems to get bigger and bigger as we go through life.  That circle of sisters and brothers in Christ becomes more and more important as we age and our appreciation of those relationships becomes incredibly unique.  Every person who responded to our call for prayer for our son came from a different time or situation in our lives, but the relationships are the same through Christ.

We are the Body of Christ!  We are all sisters and brothers in Christ!   Each of us makes up that Body as we give our different gifts to help people in Christ’s Kingdom.  So many gifts have been given to us in life through the people we have met along the way who have clearly made up a part of Christ’s Body to us.  Reading social media replies to our prayer request has shown this in many ways.  As we read words of love, support, peace, and concern we do not think about where each person appeared in our lives for the first time.  It doesn’t matter if we have even met the person before as they might be a friend first to our spouse.  What matters is that they have become friends in Christ to us, they have become a sister or brother in Christ to us.  What matters is that they are a part of the Body of Christ with their special gifts.  We are the Body of Christ.

Prayer:  God, thank you for loving us so much that you bring sisters and brothers to us to help us along the way.  Thank you for letting us become a part of Your Body as we go through life and help us know more and more what we need to do to be Jesus to those around us.  Help us become more like You.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Friends

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