Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me” (John 15:15, NLT).

One of my favorite quotations is by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”

So much has been written about friendship and what it means to have a true friend. Some come and go, some stick around our whole lives, some are on Facebook (hi Facebook friends). But no matter what else you can say about it, the bottom line is friendship is a blessing.

Yes, friends may come and go in this life, but there is one who is a real friend in every sense of the word and he will never leave us or forsake us. To think the all powerful Creator of the universe calls us friends is almost unimaginable, but he does. Jesus thinks and feels with us and is not only close in spirit, but lives within us, making our lives beautiful, lush, vibrant gardens.

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