Spiritual Practice


Elizabeth Mann & Hannah Underwood

Knowing that Jesus calls me friend gives me hope to carry on. Jesus has seen me on my worst days, when my pillow was wet with tears and my trials seemed too much to endure. On my best days, he has cheered me on and showed me that I can do all things through him. I’m not perfect; but in Jesus Christ, I am complete. Even when I reject his love and let other things take center stage in my life, he still calls me friend. Nothing I do can make him love me more or less. On some days, he seems distant; but I know he is near. Jesus is the best friend I have.

—Elizabeth Mann, 20


And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7 (NRSV)

BE A FRIEND LIKE JESUS: When I think about Jesus’ friends, I think of Peter. We all have friends like Peter, whom we consider brash or two-faced. We can learn what it means to be a friend from the way Jesus responded after Peter betrayed him. Did Jesus get angry and end the friendship? Did he hold a grudge? No, Jesus forgave Peter; and afterward, Peter did great things to glorify God. Let’s work harder to be the kind of friend Jesus is.

—Hannah Underwood, 16

—from  devozine  (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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