Jesus, Our Friend

Friday, June 18, 2004

Luke 5:19-20 – When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." (NIV)

My friend spent much time in prayer for her granddaughter, Sadie (not her real name). She was concerned because Sadie's parents rarely went to church or took time from their busy lifestyles to teach their daughter about God. Every day my friend prayed about how to teach her granddaughter these important truths. Not long ago, she became aware of how much six-year-old Sadie was noticing the differences between her grandmother's lifestyle and that of her parents. While visiting her grandmother, Sadie asked, "Grandma, how come you talk to Jesus?"

"Because Jesus is my friend," her grandmother replied. However, as is the case with most six-year-olds, her grandmother's answer only sparked another question. "What do you talk about?" she wanted to know.

"I talk to Him about my special friends," the grandmother replied.

"About me?" little Sadie asked.

"Yes, about you," and she gave her granddaughter a hug.

I thought of the many friends God has blessed me with, and how often I talk to them or mention their name in conversation. Then I thought of my own grandchildren, nephews, and other little people in my life. Do they know that my special friend is Jesus? Today, let's be sure we talk to Jesus about our friends, and talk to our friends about Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, we are so blest to have You as our friend. Help us to share with our family and friends that You are waiting to be their friend too. Amen.

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