I love my friends and thanks to the United States Armed Forces have made a good deal of them around the globe. But 'to be a friend you need to show yourself friendly' the saying goes. Sure, not everyone is the kind who has 'never met a stranger' but it takes someone to make the first move to initiate a friendship encounter.
Friends are so vitally important to me. Stop for a moment though and think of people who have no friends. Perhaps a prisoner in jail or prison. A elderly person in a nursing home who has no family in the area. It could be a patient in a hospital or even sitting in a chair having chemo treatments administered to them. Maybe a widow who people have forgotten or are afraid to approach after her husband died. A homeless person under a bridge. A new person in school. An abandoned teenager. Many people feel lost and lonely in a world that seems so bustling and thriving.This time of year we remember friends and family but emphasis is also put on the many who do not have families and friends and material goods. What can you do to help brighten a lonely person's day? A simple smile is a good start.PRAYER: Help me be a doer and not just a talker. Bring to mind constructive ways I can build into the life of a lonely person or one who needs a friend. Direct my steps and make me courageous when needed. In Jesus' name. Amen.