Monday, November 15, 2010
~ A friend is one who needs us and one whom we need. Around us may be many whose companionships we enjoy but were they suddenly to drop out of their places there would be no soreness, no sense of deprivation, no lack of comfort. We do not need them, neither do they need us. A friend is one to whom we cling, though many leagues of space separates us. Though days pass with no sight of his face or word from his pen, we know our friend loves us and that when we meet again we will be on the same old terms. We shall begin where we left off. A friend is one in whom we can confide. The secret chambers of our soul open to his touch on the latch. Thousands imagine their friendships are numbered by scores, but if subjected to these tests every one of them would fall into the great sea of common humanity. ~ J.E. Dinger (p. 80)
Leaves of Gold, 1956
I may have many aquaintances, but few friends. Serving God is the toughest, greatest, hardest, most glorious thing I have ever decided to do. The friends that he has blessed me with are beyond anything I could have possibly imagined.
This is to my friends who cry with me, laugh with me, and pray for me; who I also pray for every day!
For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length an height an depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpassed knowledge that you may be filled up to all th fulness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.