That’s What Friends Are For.

How can I thank everyone who has been there? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

Yesterday, I got some news I didn’t want to get, though I knew it was coming. I’m not saying what it is in this format yet. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know, and if you want to subscribe please contact me and let me know.

However, when this happened, what made it so much more bearable for me is that I had a slew of friends in the know that I could call and talk to. I also have a support group that I am a part of that was there. Having friends around me has made all the difference.

This is something I learned years ago and the older I get, the more important and real it is to me. For an example, my favorite Final Fantasy game is Final Fantasy IV. Friends play a major role in that game. As one of the four fiends says when he is surprised that your party took him down, weak people can join forces and work together and do great things.

Right now, to some extent, I am that weak person, and I am depending on other people of various levels of strength. As was said in my support group recently, we’re not better than other people. We’re just all on the same journey together and helping one another. Martin Luther once said the gospel is one beggar telling other beggars where they found bread.

In my group, we were asked once to write down what we couldn’t live without. Now I know the Christian answer is always supposed to be Jesus, which I did indeed write, but that was not all that I wrote. I also included friends. After all, it’s not good for man to be alone and even when Jesus did His ministry, He had His friends and even after His resurrection, He did not completely abandon His friends.

In the same way, even I who consider myself more anti-social than most, really delight in my friends. I also strive to not let it be a one-way street and be there whenever I can for others. Sometimes, they understand in a particular hard period in my life, I’m not as present, but I always strive to be.

As I come to the end of this blog, I think of the song that said “Friends are friends forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them.” It gives me something to look forward to. My friends and I will be friends forever truly. Not only that, but we won’t be talking about present problems going on. If one does talk about past problems in eternity, they will only be looked back as if, as has been said, it was a bad night in a bad hotel and that’s it.

I hesitate to speculate at this point, but I am sure whatever it is, there will be eternal joy and happiness and no separation whatsoever. Will we explore the universe together by flying to Jupiter and beyond or will we be able to play some of the best heavenly video games or something like that? Who knows? All I know is I will be in the presence of God with my friends, will have joy, and it will be fun.

Thanks to my friends for being here.

In Christ,
Nick Peters
(And I affirm the virgin birth)
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