Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Four Ways For A Christian Writer To Win A Publishing Package HERE



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: The Friendship of Jesus
By
04/07/05


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

THE Friendship of Jesus

The words of an old, familiar hymn begin with “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear.” This hymn speaks of Jesus as a friend, One to whom all of life’s trials can be entrusted. As I think about Jesus, I think about the wondrous joys of this Savior friend having both of these attributes together. As a friend, Jesus offers His children an intimacy that provides all the security that one seeks in other people. As a friend, He offers Himself to bear the burdens that weigh heavily on our hearts. While the disciples walked this earth, they knew that they were following Jesus, their Savior. Yet they also knew that He was a friend to whom they could entrust their insecurities and deepest emotions.
In times of loneliness in my own life, I have come to treasure Jesus as a friend more than I ever thought possible. As I place my loneliness at His feet, He comforts me and bears that burden. My cup is filled with joy as I trade my loneliness for His presence and comfort. He is there each and every time I bring my innermost longings and trials to Him. I don’t have to set an appointment. There is never a waiting line to meet with Him.

Recently I experienced this personally in a very real way. One afternoon after a very tiring day, I found myself filled with a feeling of loneliness. I just needed to talk to someone, to just have a listening ear from someone who loved me. I picked up the phone and attempted calling my dearest friends, hoping to find one that could come over and spend the afternoon with me. For one reason or another, the friends I tried to call were not home at the time. . After trying three phone numbers, I simply hung up the phone and cried out to God “ Ok Lord, it’s just you and me. I need your presence right now in a very real way.” I remember kneeling in prayer, just pouring out all my concerns of my day. Laying out all my worries before Him, I could see Jesus telling me, like He said to His disciples as He ascended into heaven, “ I am with you always, even to the ends of the Earth.” I cannot say how or when, but, the burdens of my day began to lift, and when I closed my prayer I knew something was different. There was an assurance that I am never alone. The loneliness was beginning to be replaced with the promises of God’s word. Such a simple act of prayer slowly changed my perspective from myself to the knowledge of Jesus promises in His Word. These promises are just as much a reality for me today as they were for those He spoke them too two thousand years ago.
Journeying through this life of emotional ups and downs, I have watched time and again that Jesus is that one friend who stays closer than a brother. While everything else around me is constantly changing, I hold on firmly to His constancy. And with the hymn writer, I truly affirm, “What a Friend we Have in Jesus!”


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 491 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Delores Baber04/12/05
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the process that brought you into closer fellowship with the Lord. You might want to read about the author of that song, Joseph Scriven. Here was a man who was destined to be lonely and find Christ the only one who would never leave him. Now you can minister to other lonely people out of the fullness poured into you by our Divine friend. You have a gift at expressing your thoughts. Thanks for sharing that with us.
Leticia Caroccio04/12/05
Truly, what a friend we have in Jesus. What a wonderful experience to share with others who have walked down the same path. Sometimes the Lords wants us to simple trust and call on Him alone. Good for you. Nice job.