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What a Friend.

(I wrote this post some time ago — but these thoughts revisited me today, so I’m finally posting. ♥)

As I sat downstairs late last night after everyone had gone to bed, I began to wonder about my friendships, and doubt began to puncture each one.

And this old hymn — one I sang so many times in childhood — came to mind.

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

And I realized — these moments of doubt in regard to my friendships usually come when I’m not rooted in my friendship with Christ.

Do I have any true, unshakable friendship where my friend pursues me without fail and loves me without condition?  Any friendship where my friend truly rejoices with my every joy and weeps with my every grief?

Yes.

Yes, I do have a Friend like that.

Praise be to God, He is my perfect, unchanging, all-surpassing friend.

And all other earthly friendships can rest on that immovable friendship.  No matter if they are whole or broken, inspiring or disappointing, well or ill.  If Christ’s friendship to me satisfies my whole heart, I need not search for perfection anywhere else.

And I can pour out love, I can pursue, I can vow unfailing friendship even in the face of failure.  Because I have a Friend who does that for me.

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