Loving God, I want to tell you
how grateful I am for my Christian friend.
The connection between us grows stronger every day.
We may not talk often;
we may be hundreds of miles from each other,
but the wonder of how we are connected is a miracle.
We are so different yet so much alike.
We can pick up a conversation as if we spoke
I can call any time to say, “I need your prayers,”
or, “My family is struggling,
and I’m afraid we won’t make it,”
knowing that she will be praying every day.
This is a gift, O God—a rare one!
Thank you for this wonderful bond
of faith and love and prayer that you have
created between us and sustained over the years. Amen.
—Mary Lou Redding, Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012)
Who are the friends supporting you “across years and miles”? Join the conversation.
So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.
—1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
This week, make the reflection for each day your prayer, followed by a moment of silence and listening for the still small voice of the Spirit.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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