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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
By Anthony David
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Carol was dreading the moment. But she had little choice. Her dad was transferred to a new town and she had to change her high school class. So, she gingerly entered the schoolroom to find almost thirty pairs of eyes examining her. She felt scared. Will they accept her? As she felt the curious gaze of all her future classmates, she felt petrified with fear. “ Will I be accepted?” Was her single thought.
The Class teacher introduced Carol. “Class,” she announced, “ Carol here has joined us from this day. Her father has been transferred to this town and so she will be in our class from today. Please make friends with her.”
The bell rang almost on the dot then. That was the bell for the first break. Carol slowly walked out of the room. She had no idea what to do next. Staring eyes followed her as the other students also walked out. “ Hello Carol!” said a smiling girl, offering Carol her hand, “ I am Eliza. Welcome to our class.”
Tears almost twirling in her eyes, Carol clutched Eliza’s hand as she said, “ Thank you so much Eliza. I am so happy that you greeted me. I was getting extremely scared of all of you.”
“Oh! We’re all alright Carol. In fact we were wondering what sort of a girl you would turn out to be?” replied Eliza as she escorted Carol to the refreshment room.
Later on that night. In Carol's home. Dad had come back home after an especially long day. Mum and Carol were waiting for him to have their family prayers.
Dad was reading a passage from the Bible. “ You will be my friends, if you keep my commandments…” He closed the Bible. “ Jesus Christ is Our Lord and Master. But He is also our Friend. He loves and accepts us as we are. Even if we do not have a single friend here, He Himself will be our friend.” Explained Dad. “Do either of you have anything to share about the day?” He asked them.
Carol nodded her head. “I do Dad.” She began, her eyes gleaming brightly, “ Today was the first day in the new school for me. I was terrified as I entered the class. I felt that the eyes of all my classmates were examining me minutely. I was so scared as the teacher introduced me and soon the break bell went off. I was so happy when one of the girls, Eliza came to me and welcomed me. She introduced herself and became my first friend in this class. I am so happy now.”
“Yes Carol” said her dad; “ We should thank God for your friend Eliza. Later on, you also ought to help others who will be as friendless as you were today. You should go out and help new girls and boys at school or in the neighbour hood. Do you agree?”
“Of course I will, Dad,” blurted carol, “ Now that I know how hard it is to be friendless, I will surely help other kids.”
“Carol”, continued her dad, “ The Lord Jesus Christ also was friendless. When he was struggling in prayer at Gethsemane, all his friends left him. He was alone on the way to Golgotha, to the cross. That is why he knows exactly how it is to be without friends. So, he loves and accepts all of us as we are. Perhaps that is why he sent you Eliza today. Let us thank Him for Eliza.”
As they all knelt down to pray, soon it was carols turn. She prayed, “ Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for sending Eliza to be my friend at school today. Thank you also for dying on the cross for all of us. Bless Eliza and her family especially Lord! In Your Name I ask, Amen.”
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