“Two people are better off than one for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
I never fully understood the importance of friendship until my mom passed away in February. My parents have lived in the same small town, went to the same church, and lived in the same house since the early 80’s. Over the 35+ years in Chickasha, they have invested so much love into many different friendships. They created a tribe of people who they loved, took care of, encouraged, partnered with, empowered and supported. And when my mom unexpectedly took her trip to heaven, it was my Dad’s turn to receive the support they had shown so many people throughout the years.
As time continues and we are now on month nine without my sweet mom, my dad still has multiple people drop by the house every week. He still receives cards in the mail and daily text messages from friends. The prayers and support from his community are what has gotten him through the darkest time of his life.
Throughout the whole Word, we are reminded of the importance of friends. We are called to protect, encourage, strengthen and support each other.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
Relationships, no matter the type, can be hard but are rewarding. This life on Earth can be tough, but I am thankful the Lord has blessed our lives with wonderful people. We are thankful for friends who encourage us to never give up and remind us to always look to Him.
I pray today you can be a friend to others. There is no better way to show the love of Christ than to love and be a loyal friend.