Saturday, February 5, 2022
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John 15:15 – I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (NRSV)

I can handle myself pretty well on social media, and I'm not taken by surprise very often. I do have 700 "friends", and there has been a time or two when that word "friend" has been pushed to the limit (really, who are you?) It was a bit surprising, then, to get a short message that ended with BFF — best friends forever — especially when I simply could not immediately put a face to the name. Yes, there was some recognition, but BFF? It finally dawned on me who had sent the message, and just maybe, in the context of the message, BFF could fit. Years and years of neglect had nearly wiped the memory away!

Now, I received another note the other day, and it, too, was signed BFF. I had no trouble whatsoever in identifying both the message and the messenger. The message gave me much comfort: "I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father." The messenger gave even more. You see, I have cultivated this friendship from my earliest days, and time and again, we get together to hash over the good and bad of life. He held me when my mother died, He celebrated with me on my wedding day, and He has talked me through more trials and tribulations than I can remember. And not once over the years was He ever too busy to take my call.

I have no hesitation in calling Him my BFF and I'd be glad to introduce you to Him, but that introduction comes with a warning: You can't make this friendship work at arm's length, and you'll not find Him on your Facebook page. Sorry, this BFF is daily and it is for life. What I can tell you is that it is the kind of relationship that will never disappoint you as you put your whole self into it. So, how about picking up a Bible, finding your personal message for today, and spending a little time with the messenger, talking over the really important things in life? Pray with me:

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for showing me the importance of friends and friendship in my life. Help me to cherish each and every relationship that enhances my life and offers me the opportunity to be the very best friend that I can be! Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for sharing, Kenn.

    You inspire me, Ken. Thank you.

    So true and important, Kenn! Thanks and blessings!

    Thank you ! Snowed under here but not overwhelmed.

    (Texas where it is about as cold as Canada!)

    Thank you, Ken, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Thanks, Ken. Good snowy day meditation. We still have power.
    Take care.

    Thank you for your message today. It was so encouraging and so true. We should all have that best friend forever. Blessings to you.

    I loved today’s devotional Ken!! You always get me to dig deeper in my faith each time I read one of the devotionals!! Thank you so much!!

    Dear Kenneth,
    Thanks for your great devotional this morning. Keep writing!!
    He is my BFF too.

    Thanks Kenn for another of your very interesting and meaningful devotionals. What better friend could we have in our daily lives than Jesus. He truly is a BFF, ever there and ever ready to comfort and hear our call. Blessings for your in-depth writings.

    Thank you Kenn.
    What a wonderful devotion. This does helps us to realize He is a BFF daily and for life, thankfully He is not on Facebook, when technology fails, Facebook is not there. HE IS, never too busy for us in our good and our down times. Also, thanks for the uplifting prayer, we should always cherish the importance of friends and friendships in our life. Do take care and stay safe. Blessings.

    Good morning Kenn,
    I am not on social media, so I am reasonably new to this expression “BFF”. I do know that it has caused my granddaughter a lot of anxiety. When you are picking God as your BFF, I don’t believe that can hurt other people. When someone picks a friend and puts them above all the other friends, that can definitely hurt other people. Also it seems that BFF can move around from person to person, as who is most important that week.
    I have no idea where this expression came from or why. I think it should disappear. A friend is a friend. I guess I am a little old fashion.
    Once again you have given us something to ponder and pray with you – the importance of all friends and especially with God. Hopefully the ice storm was not too bad in West Petpeswick.

    Good evening, Kenn, MY GOOD FRIEND. Thank you for your always good and inspiring devotionals. Every night before I turn off my bedside light and have my last talk with the Lord at the end of the long day, I read from a very special devotional book. It always amazes me when it’s something I had need for at that time. Then it may be something I need to share it with someone I know could use it. I will share this one with a friend who needs always needs encouragement. May you and yours have a blessed Sunday and week ahead.

    Good morning, Kenneth,
    Since you’re in Nova Scotia, you’re probably enjoying a nice coffee break. As my day starts here, one of the first things I do after settling into the office is read the PresbyCan devotionals – they simply set my mood for the day. There is always one that seems to stand out – just what God needed me to read. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story “BFF”; and thank you for the lovely prayer at the end.
    Have a blessed day.

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