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Topic: Friend (11/02/17)
TITLE: A Song for Eternity
By Dave Walker
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My life is fuller with you around. When we gaze with wonder at blazing clouds, gilt-edged in a fiery sky, our hearts leaping in unity at the glory, the song bursting from my soul is louder and more joyful for the sharing. As we sit together, while the strains of an orchestra fill the concert hall like audible ribbons of coloured light, my rapture is multiplied, for a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled. When we walk side by side through the forest, beneath muscular branches dripping lichen; when we sniff, together, the dankness of the leaves underfoot, I am deeply content in our togetherness.
Then, in the darkness, when I plunge into the deep cavern of self doubt, the waywardness of my children, the knife wounds of betrayal or blame, the look in your eyes and your hand on mine tell me you feel my pain.
When illness reaches from within and pulls me down, blurring my vision and befuddling my prayers, you come beside me, bringing comfort merely by your presence.
I trust you. I know that no confidence will be repeated, no pain I share, used later for leverage or personal gain. I'm safe with you. What is more, if you correct me -- and you do -- I value it, for I have discovered that your wounds to my ego can be trusted (Prov. 27:6). I respect them more than any flattery, for they tell me that you care, not in a sentimental way, but with genuine concern for my growth and integrity.
Above all, I treasure our shared relationship with Jesus. When you pray I hear an intimacy in your conversation that makes me sure you are being led by Him. What better foundation for an earthly relationship?
My song, I know, reaches to the heavens, for it was born there. It is a song of gratitude for all the Lord has done in guiding me to you, my wife, my lover, my companion and my best friend.
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