I’m thinking about friendship for this reflection. You know those special people in your life who love you just the way you are, who love you for yourself, no pretense, no pressure, no necessary “image” or “saying the right thing,” who love you regardless of your flaws, mistakes, silliness, goofiness, foolishness, or any embarrassing gaffes you’ve made. You know those people? If you have them in your life, you’re fortunate, and don’t you treasure them! And they are hard to find. Sometimes, I think, you may go through life for a long time, and not find someone you connect with in this way, and heaven forbid, if you go through your life and don’t find anyone with whom you can truly “let your hair down” and completely be yourself.
This COVID-19 business has confined us. And we’re missing contact with people. We’re missing fellowship, and just hanging out. We’re missing communion with one another, face-to-face talking, seeing the emotions and reactions in each other’s faces, and just having a good, belly laugh over a silly story or a joke. Aren’t you missing that? We all are. This confinement and isolation is taking its toll.
However, it is teaching us the value of each other and friendship. However that comes. You’ve heard the expression that friends are “God’s gift to us instead of family members!”
We are celebrating Jesus as our King, Lord and Saviour at this Eastertime, but do you know that Jesus is our friend and calls us his friends? Do you think of Jesus as your friend? He says to the disciples in John 15: 11-16 (and he says this to us today): “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends…I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…I chose you…I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
I have often thought that it would have been wonderful to be in the company of Jesus. And he was completely himself, he loved life, and he loved people. I see Jesus enjoying himself and being completely at ease. He was without pretense and he would have accepted us, each one of us, unconditionally. We wouldn’t have had to put on any “image” or “saying the proper thing” or worried about the impression we were making. Jesus would have loved us just for ourselves. It would have been quite wonderful, I think, to have him as a friend, to “let our hair down” and have a good belly laugh. Jesus would have been the best friend to us in our life. He would have never let us down. He would have been there for us through thick and thin. And he still does. He wants that kind of friendship with us. He wants us to recognize him as our friend. A true friend.
This Eastertime, we’re celebrating Jesus and all he’s done for us. Let’s celebrate him as our friend. And if you don’t know him this way, then ask him. Tell him you want to be his friend. Tell him you want him to be your friend. And he will laugh and bring you His presence and joy and some surprises along the way.
Blessings to all as we continue to celebrate the messages of Easter!
And please watch the following video – little Claire and her Dad sing about friendship!