November 5, 1998

Proverbs 14:20 – The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

I recently had the chance to meet and enjoy a day with a new and dear friend. I met this lady through the daily devotionals she writes for this page and she has become a good friend in the last four months.

It has become more and more clear to me that God blesses us in a very rich way by providing us with friends. Some friendships are developed over years and those are usually the ones which last the longest. Some friendships are instantaneous and may last a long time or may be short term.

For many of us our best friend in all the world is Jesus, followed closely by our spouse. I have been blessed over the years by having many friends who have stood by me through thick and thin and have always been there for me. Some of my friends have not always been human but have been pets. I have a cat I can always depend on to be there when I am alone and need a friend to comfort me. She always seems to know, even though she is my daughter's cat, just when to come and curl up beside me. When I pat her she purrs with such a soft comforting voice that I know I am being loved.

As Christians we may not always understand God's ways and His plans for us. No matter what the circumstances though, we need to always remember that He is our closest friend. No matter what we do, He will always be there for us, to comfort us in times of sorrow, to laugh with us in times of joy, or just walk beside us in silence.

As today's scripture reading says, those who have friends are rich. We can always count on Jesus as a friend, and so each Christian, whether he or she knows it, is blessed with being a very rich person.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we thank you for being a friend to us, for being there with us in the good and the bad times of our lives. We also thank you for human friends, and animal friends. You know our every need and you bless us with friends, especially when we need them the most. Amen.

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