departed friends'


Monday Reflection


12th April 2021

...those who were dear...

I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know
his master's business.
Instead, I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything
that I my Father told me.

....John 15:15

The death of Prince Philip,
Duke of Edenborough has started me thinking,
once more, of those who were dear to me
and are no longer with me,
my parents and a dear Aunt,
but most of all of my dear friend Diane,
we were more like a sisters,
we first met when we were at
Junior school at the age of seven
and shared our joys and sorrows
for over sixty years.

I was her son's Godmother.
When she died, nearly three years ago,
I felt as though part of me had died.
She was my confidant,
we told each other everything.

In the scripture above, Jesus said,

'I have told you everything that
 I my Father told me.'

He had confided to his disciples
enlightening words of encouragement,
warnings and blessings.
Everything his Father had passed down
to him he had disclosed to his disciples.
He considered them friends
rather than servants.

Through the message passed down in the Bible,
we who listen and hear those words,
and act on them, are considered his friends too.

The thing that kept Diane and me so close
was the love we had for each other,
grown from all we had shared throughout the years,
she was closer than a sister,
for I not only loved her - I liked her;
she was always there for me, and I for her.

1 Peter 3:8 says;

'So all of you should
 live together in peace.
 Try to understand each other.
 Love each other like
 brothers and sisters.
 Be kind and humble.'

We loved each other
through our faults, and downfalls.
We listened (sometimes in the early hours of
the morning with her sobbing down the phone
when a relationship had failed)
and understood each other.
We laughed together, cried together,
and enjoyed each other's company
and a mutual affection.

I am so grateful for that special bond
Diane and I had.
I am so grateful to God
for placing her in my life.
But although she is gone and
there is a great void
in my life with her passing,
I know I have an even greater friend -
and what a friend we have in Jesus,
he will always be there for us,
he will never leave us.

No earthly friend has ever
laid down their life for me -
but Jesus has.

His love is everlasting and unconditional.
I can talk to him freely because
he enjoys my company.
When my earthly friend left this world,
I went to him in prayer
and he comforted,
strengthen and healed my pain.

Just like an earthly friend,
anyone can go to Jesus to talk,
laugh, cry, confide, rejoice and confess.
He will listen with no condemnation.

If we want an earthy friend,
we need to ask and to
reach out a hand in friendship,
but always remembering that
Jesus is a better friend,
one who will never let us down
and always be there for us.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'What a friend we have in Jesus'
sung by The Vagle Brothers
(with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.