Saturday, September 8, 2018

Jesus is your friend

Jesus is your best friend ever, and he loves you.

When I was growing up, my dad was in the Air Force so we moved a lot (as many of you know). We moved to new, unfamiliar places and I was the new kid in school many times. When we moved to Key West, Florida, we had never been more south than New Jersey, had never seen a real live palm tree. One day, I was walking home from my new school, alone. The world around me seemed weird, almost eerie. The houses were old, Floridian style houses. There had been a recent tropical rain that flooded some of the streets. There were those palm trees, and also other trees with that weird moss on them. The air felt warm and close, a hot moistness pressing on my skin. It was daytime and I wasn’t terrified, but I was kind of freaked out. So I imagined my guardian angel was walking with me. I held my hand out a bit from my side, as if I were holding my angel’s hand as I walked.

I think at that age I couldn’t imagine Jesus walking with me -- he was too holy, too much “above” me, too majestic. It’d be like imagining I was walking with the queen of England or something. Too impossible. But now, I do imagine walking with Jesus. I imagine our feet both walking on a path under trees in a wood (not sure why that image, but it happens). I hear our footsteps, I smell the fresh “tree-y” air. I feel Jesus beside me. While we’re walking, I talk to him. I talk about things that are bothering me or worrying me, and also good things. Sometimes I don’t talk. Sometimes we just walk.

I’m sure that those of you who pray also talk to Jesus like a friend, and I’m sure many of you have images in your mind of being with your friend Jesus. I’d love to hear about them! I share mine because I’ve found they make such a difference to my life, and I pray you, too, have -- or will have -- your life changed by Jesus’ friendship.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you
-- John 15:15

What can I pray for you?

love and blessings,

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