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February 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friends for the Journey



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the great joys of the Christian pilgrimage is walking it along with spiritual partners. It is important to note that we are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Thus, as He exists in Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we too are called to exist in fellowship with Him and one another. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. We dare not go at traverse these paths alone.

I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the spiritual partners God has placed in my life. There is strength found in a close circle of spiritual friends that otherwise cannot be known. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” It should not be surprising to us that there is strength in numbers. Yet, sadly, many Christians deny themselves such a cadre of spiritual partners.

Tilden Edwards once declared: “Unless we are particularly heroic or saintly persons, each of us needs a relationship with at least one other person who also seeks and trusts the simple way, the Simple Presence. Such a ‘spiritual friend’ can be enormously supportive to us, and we to them… Just knowing that someone else is struggling for the simple day with you, whether or not you speak together often, is encouraging. You feel a little less alone, a little less tempted to fall mindlessly into complicating traps… When someone else knows and cares, then we pay that much more attention to what we’re doing.” I can attest I have found this true in my own life.

The Scripture tells us that David and Jonathan enjoyed such a friendship (1 Samuel 20:42). No matter what trial or temptation they faced, they knew they did not face it alone. There was one who always had their back. They knew they had in each other+ one who would stick closer to than a brother. Who is that person in your life? To whom are you that person? Christianity, after all is a religion of love; and not self-love but love of one’s brethren and neighbors in Christ.

Let us pray together: O God, you have made us for fellowship, and have given us the power both to help and harm our fellows, grant us the wisdom to know what is their good, and the ready will to help them to attain it. Heal those we have wounded, strengthen those whom we have failed, grant us all your healing grace, and make our fellowship to be your family, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens


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