Treasuring Friendship During a Pandemic

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 17:17

When we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Cor. 7:5-6 (NIV)

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”. Heb. 3:13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on stay-at-home, pandemic-shaped Thursday, we have never been more grateful for our friends. We are wealthy beyond measure to have friends with whom to share life in this unique season.

We can’t hug, but we can “Zoom.” We can’t go to the beach together, but we have many ways to go to the storehouse of your grace together—whether by phone, text, FaceTime, or a six-feet-apart walk.

Father, whether you give me ten or fifteen more years of life, I want to finish my days in this world as an encourager and comforter—as a conduit of your mercy and grace. This pandemic has made it clear, relationships trump toys and busyness. As I preach it, so may I live it: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6).

Moving forward, help each of us get better at offering a kind presence, less irritation, and more forgiveness. May we give our friends more tears than advice, more listening than “fixes,” and more of the Gospel—always much more of the Gospel.

We are incalculably rich because of the way you love us in Jesus—the friend of sinners, the lover of our souls, our glorious Savior. Love through us, to your glory. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ kind and powerful name.