I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
One harried Sunday morning, our family snuck late into the pew. As we settled, trying not to draw attention to our lateness, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Hi. Remember me?” I turned to see my college friend, Jan. She’d moved to our city.
Twenty years earlier we’d been single friends. Now we had husbands and three children each. Our friendship resumed as if there’d never been a pause.
Robert Browning wrote, “What a thing friendship is – world without end.” Human friendships gladden our hearts and warm our souls. The holy friendship we have with Jesus exists on an even higher plane. To think that the Son of God beckons me to sit by His side, converse, weep, reveal my secrets – oh my, a flawed nobody like me can be friends with the Perfect One.
God referred to Abraham as his friend (Isaiah 48:8). Abraham, with all his imperfections, loved God, trusted Him and remained faithful to Him. That’s what friends do.
Your forever friend, Jesus, is always within reach, always within earshot. Maybe there’s been a pause in your relationship with Him, like there was in my friendship with Jan. He’s tapping on your shoulder to remind you He’s still there asking you to link your soul with His and resume the friendship.
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! Joseph Scriven
Rose McCormick Brandon writes books and articles, teaches Bible studies and writing classes, speaks at churches, libraries, historical societies and museums. Visit her website. Contact her at: email@example.com. Visit her blog on Canada’s British Home Children.