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I am thankful for .. friendship

I have been planning my Thanksgiving Day prayer. In preparing it in advance, I have a chance to think about the true meaning of each of my God-given blessings. Today, I am grateful for friends. I don't want to simply say "God, thank you for my friends" and leave it at that. And I'm not thinking of all the people who are superficial friends - those who don't know the real me. I want to offer my heart-felt thanksgiving for the people who see my heart.

These deep, loving, friendships are made possible only by God.
I am thankful for true friendship that I find in my Christian brothers and sisters. Friendship like this is fueled by our common love for God and his word and by the bond of one Holy Spirit - the Spirit that binds us to God the Father and God the Son and to each other. (Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 Corinthians 12:13) Jesus told his disciples to love one another in the same way he loved them. (John 15:12-15) Jesus, of course, knew perfect love. We may not feel love like his, this side of heaven, but through the Holy Spirit, we are able to taste it.

True Christian friendships are valuable. I will thank God for them. I will pray for each friendship to remain strong and pure. I will ask God to show me what I must do to help that relationship grow. I will pray consistently for each friend.

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." C.S. Lewis

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