The gift of friendship

It is said you can choose your friends but not your family.

We are blessed indeed if we not only like those we are related to, but are friends with them as well.

Sadly, it is not always the case.

To have a close friend and to be there for another is one of life’s greatest gifts.

Whenever we count our blessings, friends tend to be top of the list.

And if we have no or few actual close companions on our journey through life,  we can still take comfort from knowing that God is always there for us, our greatest, most reliable and constant Friend.

God is all about relationship. His heart is fine tuned to beat with love for mankind.

He longs for us to know Him intimately. To trust Him with all our concerns. To seek Him and His ways above our own.

Jesus came in order to bridge the gap between heaven and earth, to pave a way to draw us back to the Father’s heart and to become our lifelong Friend above all others.

In so doing, He also shows us the huge benefit of friendship in its manifold expressions.

Today’s #poetryforthesoul micro-poetry offering is a celebration of friendship, written with gratitude for friends old and new.

‘Friends are’

Friends are

companions on our journey

holders of hands and hearts

listeners to pain and fears

bearer’s of God’s goodness

and all His grace imparts

bringers of smiles

wipers of tears

who make life worthwhile

as embracers of all we are

and can be

containers of God’s love

a gift unto eternity

treasure from above

©JoyLenton2013

8 thoughts on “The gift of friendship

  1. Dear Joy
    Reading your words made me realize again how very vital our friendship with our husbands and especially our Lord Jesus is. With my illness my friends have become less and less. I am not angry for I know they have lives to live. Hope you are well, dear one!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • Dear Mia, you speak such poignantly honest truth. Our friendship with our husbands and our closeness to our Lord Jesus remain vital. I have suffered similarly to you in terms of ‘real life friends’. Very few have the ability or patience to understand the way our illness affects us. They have lives where appointments and arrangements are not subject to continual last-minute cancellation. It takes a very special person indeed to see past the frustration and disappointment, understand the reasons why we are often unable to leave the house or even cope with a visit/telephone call. One of the huge benefits about our social media interactions is how it brings us into contact with lovely people like yourself who have all the ability, patience and understanding we need because they walk in our shoes. I have been less well recently but it is easy to trace the cause. I am so thankful that God gifts me with words to write (very often in advance) and inspiration just when I need it. Though some more cutting back may be called for! Blessings of health and strength to you too, my God-given friend Xx

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    • Oh, Helen, how do I reply to this?! Your lovely comment had me in tears. I so value your friendship too, and all you so beautifully expressed above is definitely true of you. Blessings and love Xx 🙂

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