Spiritual Practice

Celebrating Friendship

In my seventeen years, I have been blessed. I celebrate the friends I have and the friendships I have formed. I enjoy and look forward to being with my friends—the talk, the inside jokes, and the constant laughter of our conversations. God has blessed me with some great friends, who will be my friends for the rest of my life. Each one is an answer to my prayers for trustworthy and loyal friends.

A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17a (NIV)

I hope that I am good at celebrating other people, especially when they do great things; but I know that I am a selfish person and that sometimes I’m jealous of their success. When I fail to celebrate the relationships God has given me, I lose touch with my friends and even with God, which hurts my relationships and leaves me devastated and upset. Yet, when the world is getting me down and I feel that nothing is going my way, my friends never fail to remind me of all the reasons I have to celebrate life. I can go to them; and every single time, they remind me how special life is. I am truly grateful
for them.



“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh. “There, there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
          —from Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne

How do you remind your friends that life is worth celebrating?

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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