In This Promise

Dear Friends in Christ,

Jesus considers us his friends. “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does to know what the master is doing: but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything  that I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15)

What do you look for in a friend? The answers to that question may vary a great deal depending on who you ask. How do you answer it?

Leslie Weatherhead says, “He (or she) who hugs life to themselves loses all joy in living; they are lonely and self-excluded from joy. He (or she) who give themselves away to others shall find fullness of life that will develop into the wholly satisfying life that is everlasting.”

Charles Dickens said, ”No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”

By Dickens and Weatherhead’s definitions a friend is someone who is with us in tough times and is committed to bearing the burden of the other.

In Luke 24:33-35, the disciples are greatly burdened. They are huddled together in a room. Jesus has been crucified and they presume he is dead. Jesus' insiders fear that the future is filled with suffering and death for themselves as well. At that moment they were told Christ was alive, and that he had ”…been made known in the breaking of the bread”. (Luke 24:35)

Jesus gives us one another that we might be friends in Christ to one another. In tough times filled with fear we can gather together for support. Through all fears, truth will always come to us. We will be reminded of the reality that we are the ‘friends of Christ”, and that Jesus is alive and reconstructing hope in all circumstances.  We live in this promise which was made known to us by Christ who “heard it from the Father”.

See Luke 24 for further reflection.

Prayers : For Tammy Heflebower’s parents who are struggling with health issues,  Wendy Saathoff who was informed her brother and father are struggling with cancer, for this Saturday's Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) –see the website for details on this event and other ministry opportunities.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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