Here are some of my friends. As you can see, friends can come in all ages. We are friends despite the fact that I am sooooo much older than they are!
The Bible has much to say about friends – how we are to love each other and treat each other with compassion and grace. It does not put an age limit on who can be our friends! So I make sure there are young friends in my life to keep me young!
And speaking of friends, I am so glad that Jesus calls us His friends. John 15:15 says, “I no longer call you servants, … Instead, I have called you friends.” The God who reigns over all things says we can be His friends as we put our faith in Him.
Last Sunday was Grandparents Day. Grandparents are often the greatest friend a child has, showing love and acceptance, spending time when parents are busy, and sometimes even raising the child. The importance of the friendship of a grandparent and grandchild is captured in a poem called “A Grandmother’s Prayer” by Barbara Burrow. Maybe you can relate:
Oh Lord, I do not ask for much,
Eternal beauty or youth or such:
Just give me a little hand to hold,
And I’ll forget that I’m growing old.
I do not ask for cloudless skies,
A life that’s free from tears and sighs:
Just give me a little face to kiss,
And anxious moments will turn to bliss.
For what is there, really, that means so much
As little hands that reach and touch,
As little eyes that search and see
Only the best in fragile me?
So let me grow more loving and wise
By looking at life through their wide eyes,
For through these little ones, You have given
This grateful grandmother a glimpse of Heaven.
– Pastor Gary