Telling the truth is tough business, especially with our closest friends. But that is exactly what they need from us and precisely what we need from them. Love teaches and helps us to speak carefully and with candor about even the toughest subject.
True friendship is an intimate and a deep relationship. We share a deep emotional connection with another person. And so our friends ride life’s roller coaster with us – and we with them. They carefully stand by us – and we by them – so that they might fill us up in just the right way, at just the right time. Jesus gets us and he is always right there with a timely word and timely help in our time of need.
This Sunday, we're going to start a brand new series doing just that. We are going to meet Jesus in his Word. And we'll never be the same! The shepherds saw him and returned glorifying and praising God for what they had seen. Mary treasured up these things and pondered them in her heart. Simeon was ready to depart in peace. Anna sang songs and told everyone about him. The disciples left their nets to follow him. When people met Jesus and encountered him, their lives changed. So will ours.