It may not seem like it’s very monastic or missional to be a friend to someone, but the whole world is crying out for friends. Becoming a friend to someone is really a commitment. A friend is someone that we take time to be with, to help and to encourage. It’s really a discipline to be a friend. That may seem like a strange way of looking at friendship. Statistics tell us that the United States is one of the loneliest nations in the world. As we go about our daily walk being a friend is by necessity a part of being a person who is doing the mission of God here on earth. We as contemplative people have a desire to reach out with love to people who need the loving touch that only a person who knows and feels the love of Jesus Christ can give.
A Few Suggestions
- Write an unsolicited note to someone.
- Take someone to coffee or lunch.
- Make a phone call to someone who doesn’t receive many.
- Intentionally develop a new friend.
- Give your time someone.
All of these small things can make a tremendous difference to someone who’s lonely. For in helping relieve loneliness in our world we are truly people who are spreading the grace and love of Jesus Christ who are world. How many times in life have we failed to do what we could do if we just tried? I urge all of you just try. For in trying we can find the glorious blessings that God just has stored up for us.
- Acts 20 – The Answer for a Dying World: Friendship (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)