Friends are essential in your life. Friends are essential in my life. A friend can be someone with whom you share secrets, sorrows, tears, laughter, or prayer. Sometimes you just sit with them and say nothing, and that’s all right. A friend can be somebody you’ve known for a long time, and even if distance or schedules keep you from being together, you pick up right where you left off from the time before.
I have learned over my life that it is not how many friends you have, but that you have a friend that “loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
I have had the privilege of delivering little gifts from an unknown source to someone in the church I did not know until I started my ministry here. I have enjoyed getting to know her and to pray for her. She has told me how much she enjoys our short visits—either on the phone, e-mail, or person to person—and that she is so happy she has a new friend (me).
Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone and do caring actions—like driving someone to the pharmacy or delivering something to folks who have no car or having tea and conservation with someone—to find ourselves developing meaningful friendships.
Jesus commands us to love one another—not to judge, but to do unto others as we would have them do for us.