Again I am privileged to be able to share another wonderful poem by Joy Barber. I've known her for over thirty years now and believe me, she walks her talk! Some may remember that she is the one person in my life who loved me unconditionally. I firmly believe that I would not be "born again" today if the Lord had not used her to love me.
GOD BLESS YOU JOY!
IS A TREASURE
WE MUST VALUE HERE BELOW
FOR IT'S ALL WE HAVE
TO TAKE WITH US
TO HEAVEN WHEN WE GO
MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU
TELL YOUR FRIENDS
HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU
BUT DON'T NEGLECT TO
TELL THEM HOW TO
GET TO HEAVEN TOO
IF THEY DON'T GET TO
GO WITH YOU....
BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T TELL
YOU'LL MOURN WITH GRIEF
(NOT FEEL RELIEF
BECAUSE YOU'RE SPARED FROM HELL)
BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDS
WILL BE CONDEMNED
TO GO DOWN THERE TO DWELL
BY SHARING HOW TO KNOW
THAT GOD WAS SO GRACIOUS TO SEND
YOU'LL PROVE YOU LOVE CHRIST JESUS
AND....THAT YOU ARE
A TRUE, FAITHFUL FRIEND!
NEED A FRIEND?
BE A FRIEND!
A friend loves at all
times, and a brother is born for adversity.
I believe God intends
relationships and friendships to be the context in which He does some of His
most important work in our lives. Life is difficult from any perspective, and
everyone needs friends to help them through the difficult times.
Those who have close friends know
they couldn't live without them. Friends love you enough to confront you when
you are wrong and to stand by you through thick and thin. These are friends who
act toward you like a marriage partner is supposed to----for better or for
worse. If you have a friend like that, you are rich. If you have more than one
you are wealthy beyond measure. In today's world, many people do not take time
to cultivate committed friendships; they are the poorer for it.
But the need for committed friends doesn't mean we should rush out and try to accumulate them on a wholesale basis. Many things in life are not left to our choosing, but friendships are. The choice of friends is more than a right, however----it is a responsibility.