Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and enjoying the upturn in weather. I know You farmers are suffering, so I am praying for some rain for You. Either which way there seems to be a feeling of optimism around, as We all hope the virus has left us. Please remember India and Brazil in Your prayers. The Editor of this magazine tells me that Venezuela is also suffering terribly from Covid and We should try and pray for the citizens of that disrupted land too.
Today I would like for You to reflect on who Your best friend is. You may not have one. They may be dead. They may be alive. Please think of them and wonder how, after such a long absence perhaps, You can revisit them and get Your friendship moving along again in style.
Scripture offers valuable guidance when it comes to choosing friends. God knows our desire to be known and to be loved. He made us for companionship.
‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. 1-Thessalonians/5-11
‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord’ Colossians 3:13
‘If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up’. Ecclesiastes 4:10
I am very lucky. My best friend is often close by to me. That allows me to talk with them and to exchange ideas. There are days when I worry about my best friend and days when I am joyful because they are laughing. Best friends are one of the greatest of the Lord’s gifts. They can add so much and the idea of losing them creates a huge void.
So, please today think of Your best pal. Who are they? How can You improve the relationship? How can You get more from the friendship? What can You give to them? What are Your commitments to them?
I wish You a peaceful and pleasant Sunday as well as an enjoyable and successful week to come. Take care and have fun.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for giving me such a vibrant community of friends to live with. I praise you for the people you have blessed me with, the ones who have come alongside me to love, encourage, support, and uplift me through all the twists and turns of life. I’m so grateful that I do not have to go through life alone, but that you have shown me examples of your love through my dear friends.
I pray that you would be present in my friendships, that you would be drawing us together in deeper community with one another toward greater unity with you. I pray that you would help heal any places of brokenness or discord in my friendships, and that you would restore any friendships that have fallen apart.
Like your Word says in Colossians 3:12-13, may I clothe myself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. May I be patient with my friends, and may I forgive freely like you have forgiven me. May I shine your light in my friendships, giving glory to you through all that I do, say, and think. Thank you for my friends, Jesus. Thank you for the ways they build me up and remind me of your goodness and faithfulness.
In your name I pray, Amen.