Yes, the ‘Scribbler has been absent awhile, and that is because of the Holidays of course. This is one of those special times of the year when many of my far-away friends come home to roost…and to eat and share news. This got me to thinking about the role of friendship in Christianity, and in our spiritual lives.
Each of my friends has such a different personality, each interaction is slightly different. What we talk about, where we talk, what we do whilst we are talking…each relationship is different, but each is equally important. In another blog post of mine I discussed my wonder that Jesus actually considered humans friends. It never gets old thinking about it.
I dwell on the twelve apostles, and think it is interesting that scripture gives us enough information about these men to realize that they too each had their own individual style, and they must have each had a slightly different relationship with Christ. To me, this glimpse into this very human relationship and situation supports the idea that humans do need one another in friendship.
Many relationships are covered in Christian books and seminars; the relationship between boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, parents and children, etc… but there’s not a whole lot out there on the relationship between plain ol’ friends from a Christian perspective. We can even tell from Paul’s writings that the friendships alluded to are not always just betwixt the same genders, friendships existed between males and females as well. Of course, some of the terminology puts this kind of friendship in the Christian brother/sister frame of reference, which is only right.
Regardless, friendships sustain us, whether they be long distance friendships, new friendships, old…and we should remember to thank God for those types of relationships. It may be a bit cliche, but even if we have no other friendship on this earth, Christ is always available to fill the slot. Sometimes we don’t think of Him in that way, and sometimes we don’t feel worthy enough to count Him amongst our friends (we aren’t, that is why grace is so lovely), but we should remember those times when He pointed to flawed, fallible human beings just like us and deemed them “friends.”
We should also not take our friends for granted, and always be on the lookout for new ones we may meet along the way.