Jan 022009


Well, it’s the first friday of 2009 and it is the first sabbath, day of rest, for me.  deep sigh

Tomorrow I’m goin home to walterboro to see my family and some good friends for a few days.  I’m really excited!  It’ll be my first trip home since grandmom passed.  And it’s been a long four months and I’m ready to see the lowcountry again!

All day I’ve wanted to write something about friendship, and what that means right now, and what it means to have friendship with Jesus.  Actually this started a few days ago when I was thinking about how much I wanted to go to Arlene’s new year’s eve bash….lol….She knows how to make people laugh, even if it hurts ’em to do so…And this morning, while reading one of my several- books-at-a-time I found this:

The Salt of the Earth, George W.  Truett1949

“One is rich if he has worthy and true friends, and conversely, one is poor if he be without worthy and true friends.  An asset, therefore in life, is the matter of one’s friends and friendships.  The Bible enjoins upon us the pungent advice:  “Thine own friend and thy father’s friend, forsake not.”  If someone gives clear proof that he was your father’s friend, your heart goes out to him at once.  Your father’s friend you at once adopt for your friend also.”

I feel blessed to have known true friendship.  Thank you to everyone for everything!  Hopefully we will all have a great 2009, and God willing we will get to catch up on things……

There was something else Mr. Truett brought up in chapter Friends of Christ, Salt of the Earth.  He said, “Friendship, as you know, involves reciprocal relations……so it is not a one-sided affair; there are two parties involved in this matter of friendship.”  He gave the scripture,

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Well this got me to thinking about my friendship with Jesus, and this being a sabbath when I spend time with Him, I thought I’d write…..and share some good news.

Jesus is our best friend, and He really wants us to walk with Him and trust Him and believe in Him.  I know ‘times are hard’ and the earth is ‘all shook up’.  Things are out of balance…..and the days get shorter lol….

It’s important to talk with Him, to listen, and to just get still for a while…..there’s nothing going on that He is not wanting to help us with.   He is our Friend.  I’m not going to go into this much more right now, tired, but want to leave this question for thought that Mr.  Truett posed,

Am I really, truly the friend of Christ?”

I am, he says, if (1) I have put my trust in Him as my personal savior.  Can I say with Paul, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”

(2)  Do I love Him?  and (3) Do I try to obey Him?