If Jesus were to walk the streets of our cities and towns today, I can imagine him saying, “Come to me, all who are lonely, and I will give you friendship.” How would we respond to an offer like this coming from Jesus? Perhaps at first we would be a bit surprised, maybe even startled. Many people believe that Jesus is far more interested in sorting out the sin in our messed-up lives than in sharing in a simple friendship with us. For a long time I thought that way. But I think very differently today. I now believe that Jesus wants to meet us in our loneliness.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
What difference might it make in your life if you accepted Jesus’ offer of friendship?
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[Jesus said,] “I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
—John 15:15 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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