Behold, how good and how pleasant it for brothers to
dwell together in unity!
Normally when I sit down at my computer to write, I have thoughts in mind, or at the very least an idea or two. Today, however, I was a bit stumped until I went to the mail box and opened a letter from a dear friend.
This letter is one of reflection from a friend I had lost track of for a while. Marjorie wrote a poignant letter reflecting on the past year with all of its joys and sorrows. It’s one of those letters many write to friends and family in order to catch them up on their lives; a year in review, if you will.
Marjorie and I became fast friends about 5 years ago when I first moved to Indiana. We met during a Bible study I had been invited to attend. We hit it off quickly and began a friendship I was ever so thankful for, especially since I had moved away from most other friends. Marjorie was one of the first new people I met who went out of her way to make me feel welcome.
Nearly four years ago, I met and married the man of my dreams and moved about an hour away. Marjorie and I stayed in touch, but had a difficult time getting together with our differing schedules. We did our best to stay connected via e-mail, but after a while even e-mail began to dwindle.
A few months ago, Marjorie sent a mass e-mail requesting prayer for her husband, who had received some very bad medical news. I was shocked at the message, but also humbled and thankful that Marjorie would include me with others she trusted with this very personal news. This unfortunate circumstance is what has brought Marjorie and me back into fellowship and friendship, as well as the inspiration for this writing.
“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” Romans 12:10
I’ve always been the kind of person that cherishes friendships. The friendships that are sewn together with the kind of love only God can supply are the ones I cling to the most. When one of those friendships is lost or broken, my heart also feels broken.
Have you ever lost a friendship and for the life of you, have no idea why? Are we really too busy to keep in touch? Do we become selfish, have issues, and lose sight of grace? Do we get so busy with other aspects of life that we forget about the very precious gift of friendship? I know I do sometimes. I am now, however, committed to making amends and reconnecting with lost friends.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to reconnect with old friends via Facebook. It’s been fun looking up and finding people I used to know quite well. At some point in our lives, we were considered acquaintances or even friends, but for reasons that are not important now, we lost contact.
In honor of my friend Marjorie and the gift of reconnection, I’d like to send out a challenge. If you are touched by these thoughts at all, please take a few moments to make a note of people you have lost contact with that you would love to have back in your world. Then, find a way to get back in touch. You may even owe that person an apology for being the one who dropped out of sight. Whatever the situation is, send an e-mail, a text message, a hand written note, or pick up the phone and call. Seriously, do it! I have no doubt you will be glad you did.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
I am happy to report that Marjorie’s husband is in remission and feeling full of life and energy! The whole family is thankful to our Lord and Savior for His love, grace, and healing. Yay God!!
Father God, thank You so much for the gift of friends. Thank You for placing people in our lives who start out as strangers and become family. Help me to be a good friend to those you have blessed me with and to show Your love and grace at every turn. I love You so very much! In the precious name of our Lord and Savior. Amen.
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