Friendship by any definition is on the decline. The influx of social media has changed how we think of real friendship. We fill our lives with "virtual friends" that are relatively impersonal. Instead of feeling more "connected" than ever before we are actually more lonely than ever before. Spiritual friendship has faired no better. Our "spiritual friendships" are typically shallow and impersonal just like our "virtual friendships."
This trek away from genuine friendships has left us trying to walk our spiritual journey without anyone by our side. In return we feel lonely, get depressed, are easily discouraged, and constantly want to give up. This is especially the case when we are in the midst of trials. Without a friend to come by our side we are left to struggle through the valley all by ourselves.
As I once again reflect on July 27, 2013 I am thankful for "real friends." In the midst of some of the deepest valleys of trial that I had ever faced these friends came alongside me and encouraged me in some amazing ways. Even their simple texts with Bible verses during the week leading up to the funeral were instruments of grace. Recently one of those friends sent me an email where he copied for me a page from his devotional journal that he wrote on the day of the accident on July 27, 2013. In his email to me he wrote and said "I though I would share it with you, because the prayer I prayed concerning this tragedy came true!"
The email was such a blessing to me I asked him if I could share it on our blog. Here's what my friend Aaron Berry wrote in his devotional journal on the day of the tragic bus accident that took the lives of four people including my brother, sister-in-law, and unborn baby girl.
Devotional Journal Entry for July 27, 2013
As I read this email from Aaron I paused in silent prayer to thank God for the friends he sent into my life.
I wonder if today God is working in your life to be the kind of friend to someone else that Aaron has been to me? C.S. Lewis once said that friends are just people that are traveling in the same direction, have the same goals, and encourage each other to attain those goals. Can I encourage you to reach out to some other Christian traveling on the same journey of sanctification you are and be a friend to him or her? Maybe today your friendship can be instrument of God's grace in someone else's life.
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