What Am I Grateful For Today…Friends

He began speaking with confidence in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they received him into their circle of friends and explained to him God’s way more accurately (Acts 18:26, Common English Bible).

Yesterday was such a good day. I spent much of the day at Columbia United Methodist Church’s annual Miracle Market and Bistro. It was the first time I was really a vendor at one of this kind of event.

I spent the day with friends I have known for a while. There is Paul, the pastor of that congregation, who I have been acquainted with for several years. It was the first time I met his wife Cynthia and I am thankful for that opportunity.

There is also the lady who sells crosses. The only time I see her is at these craft shows but we always try to spend a few minutes catching up.

There were others too. There are members of Columbia UMC I have met in a variety of ways over the past year or so. I sing in the Coastalaires with Richard and had met his wife at several of their events. He also has helped me discover the joy of wood carving. Kaci, one of the employees on my staff in Sweeny was there. She is a member at Columbia. There were others I have met when preaching at that church first during a Lenten lunch service in the spring and then again for three weeks after my friend Mike retired.

There were also members of First Methodist Sweeny who came by to support their brothers and sisters in West Columbia. There was Sherri, Gayle, Mike, and Michael. It was great spending a little time with them away from our own church.

Though it is still a bit early, Santa Claus was present. I have him one of the prayer ropes I enjoy tying. I think it is the first time I have ever given Santa a gift. I also enjoyed getting to know the man behind the costume.

There were lots of new friends at the market besides Santa. There was the little girl Cindy gave a ring and a cross. She came back a few minutes later and gave us a jar of preserves. She is one of our new friends.

After the market was over and Cindy and I had a little rest and relaxation time at home, we went out for dinner with our friends Paul and Margie. We went to a restaurant Cindy and I have gone to for years. Over time, we have become friends with the owners and always enjoy seeing a great family at work.

Yes, it was a great day spent with friends. I am reminded of my many other friends, friends I didn’t get to see today. And, friends I only see in my memories because these friends have joined the Church triumphant. I am still blessed by some and blessed to have known others.

Friends are an important part of our lives. Friends have always been important to people. And, sometimes we have the privilege to introduce our friends to others of our friends. There are other times when we meet new people and they become a part of our circle of friends.

Such was the case for Apollos when he met Priscilla and Aquila in our lesson today. Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollos speak. They met him and struck up a friendship. That Luke would take the time to tell us about this friendship tells us that having friends and building friendships is something that is pretty important.

God did not intend us to go through this life alone. None of us are islands unto ourselves. God made us communal creatures. We are built for one another, to build each other up, to share in the good times and the times of difficulty. In those times and in others, maintaining friendships can be difficult. But, what we get in return is so important and well worth the effort.

Friends are the thing I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Take a few minutes and write it down in your journal and then share it with someone else.

I also hope you will join your friends in the faith today. Go to worship. Be with faithful friends and be with God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “What Am I Grateful For Today…Friends

  1. I am very thankful that God has given me a passion for community and to provide space for others. The wife and I had a dude over for lunch today and we got to learn heaps about him which was awesome.

    Thanks for sharing your post Keith

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