Friendship is one of the rich things of earth. A well of liberality. A medicine which has made the strange familiar and the troubled calm. An engine which has driven missionaries and aid workers to strange and troubled places. Such mission migrants often report their attempts at friendship multiplied in return by those who give joyfully out of their extreme poverty.
Friendship is one of the rich things of heaven, given Sunday names like grace and mercy and peace, shared by Father and Son and Spirit, celebrated whenever we gather in worship.
Give and receive friendship in worship. Seek it in daily life. Be delighted when you find it in unexpected places and surprising people.
Lord, open us up to the friendship of all your people. May our eyes see what should be brought into the light, may our ears hear what should be heard, may our hearts ponder what is good for us and for others, for your name’s sake, Amen.
1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.