My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Make every effort to come to me soon;
(2 Timothy 4:9 NASB)
for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
(2 Timothy 4:10 NASB)
At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.
(2 Timothy 4:16 NASB)
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
(2 Timothy 4:19 NASB)
The American TV show about friends was popular for more than a
decade. Weekly the world watched with interest the relationships which
ebbed and flowed out of this core group of individuals. Paul, too, had
his core group of people, those who stuck with him through thick and
thin. However, there was another group of people who called themselves
friends and yet, when things were difficult they simply could not stick
it out. Now, Paul, in prison in Rome sounds rather lonely. Demas has
decided that he loves the things of this world more than the things of
God and so has left Paul and gone home. Others have left as well. He
was called before the court and no one showed up to defend him. They
left him alone. And yet, there are the friends which have remained
faithful, albeit from a distance. Prisca and Aquila seem to be a rock
to him. They remain true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Onesiphorus
and his household stay true to the faith and continue to support Paul as
well. They are the true friends who are willing to suffer the
consequences of being Paul's supporters.
What does Christian friendship look like today? It is in the very
deepest time of need that Christian friends stick with their brothers
and sisters, standing up in their defense when the world comes against
them. This past week via facebook I have watched an incredible display
of Christian friendship and support. A friend of ours, married for just
32 years lost his dear wife to cancer. As if this weren't enough,
just a few months ago his 19 year old son suffered a tragic medical
accident leaving him in a coma from which he has yet to awaken. And
so, with his son in a hospital bed in the remodeled garage, and his wife
in a hospital bed in the living room Mike made his way back and forth
day by day hoping to just make it through each twenty-four hour cycle. When he lost Carol last week
my heart broke for she had been his anchor. However, as I've read the
notes throughout this week I've been amazed at the Christian friends who
have come to surround this brother. They have taken over the care of
his son, they have helped make the funeral arrangements, they have taken
care of the house and they have simply loved this man of God. Today
there will be a memorial service for Carol and I know that Mike will be
surrounded by friends, both physically and emotionally. That's what God
intended. He intended the Bride of Christ -- the Church -- to be a
community of faith and friends who would love and care for one another.
Lord, please be with Mike and his children today as the celebrate Carol. Amen.