Recently, a family medical emergency and a celebration welcoming one of our daughters to womanhood reminded me of the priceless friendships that God has brought into our lives. Friends gathered around our family to pray for us, speak words of encouragement, and offer practical help in a time of difficulty and in a time of joy.
Such has been our normative experience with Christians for the past twenty years, and thinking about those friendships moved me to write the following verses:
The God who puts the lonely into families
and strengthens both the weary and the weak,
Who orchestrates those exquisite anomalies
such as bequeathing Earth unto the meek.
The Shepherd with that unmistaken calling
well known by all the sheep that to Him cling,
The One Who sees a single sparrow falling
and gives the barren woman cause to sing,
Who did not hold back even His dear Son but
instead so freely gave Him up for us,
will not demur to graciously provide us
with everything we've ever needed, plus!
Not least among His many benefices,
and intricately woven to His ends,
He knits the hearts of brethren close together,
and crowns our life with very special friends.
"and it came to pass...that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."
I Samuel 18:1