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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Our Dearest Friend

By Scott Harrup
Nov. 16, 2014

Friendship with Jesus!
Fellowship divine!
O what blessed, sweet communion!
Jesus is a Friend of mine.

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Joseph C. Ludgate and Joseph M. Scriven, respectively, penned the above stanzas in their hymns “Friendship With Jesus” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Perhaps for you, as for me, the exclamation points stand out in bold relief. Writers today more often use word choice and sentence arrangement to convey excitement, though you still run across the occasional “Look out!”

But this 19th-century ardor for the exclamation point fits perfectly with the message given in these classic songs.

Just think of it! The Son of God is our dearest Friend!

Too often, we contemplate this truth with mere periods adorning our mental sentences. It’s almost as if, having lived for some months or years within the reality of a saving faith, we expect the attendant blessings as our due. Or, misunderstanding the life transformation salvation has wrought, we look upon our personal strength of character and moral discernment as perhaps meriting God’s friendship rather than as humbling evidence of His grace at work within us.

Ludgate and Scriven rightly emblazoned their songs with symbolic cues to herald the truth of Christ’s friendship in unbridled exuberance.

When we remember Jesus is our Friend, we can face whatever comes our way assured that He loves us, He has gone to Calvary as the greatest act of that love, and His resurrected presence never leaves us alone.

Friendship with Jesus!

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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