Today's prompt is 'Friend'
"What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear" ~ Joseph M. Scriven hymn (1855) Click on this link to hear
You stick closer than a brother or sister.
The only One who has ever held my whole heart.
There right from the beginning.
Your love drew me like moth to flame.
Acceptance melted my reserve.
Welcome warmed a chilled child's heart.
Always there for me.
Drew me out of swamp pit dwelling to reside by Your side.
My darkest valley Companion.
Truest viewer of my faults, flaws and failings, yet You love me still.
Desire the highest good, support and enable me to live fully and freely, true to how I was created to be.
I've pulled shyly from close friendships, even turned comma-like away from loved ones in attempt to hide my shame and pain.
You alone give me courage to be fully myself, to tell my story, share hopes, fears and dreams, reach out again.
I am the wayward wanderer, You never leave nor forsake.
Your grace daily manna for my soul.
I love you, Lord.
Abide with me and teach me how to abide with You
and let Peace and Joy become familiar friends too.
For You never let me down and never will.
"You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father" ~ John 15:14 - 15
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