The Privilege of Friendship, Advent Devotion #5

The Privilege of Friendship

READ: 

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Again, if two lie together, they keep warm,  but how can one keep warm alone?  And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV) 

REFLECT: Today’s JOY thought is taken from the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Joseph M. Scriven 

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Today’s JOY reading is found here at Focus on the Family Ten Steps to a Deeper Friendship with Your Spouse by Alyson Weaseley

REACT: During Advent, focus on building a more intimate, deeper friendship with Your Lord and Savior and with your spouse. Pick one of these 10 steps offered by Focus on the Family and do it. Which one did you choose and why?

RESPOND: Dear God, dearest Friend, thank You for the privilege of carrying everything to You in prayer. Blessed Savior, all praise and endless worship to You. Thank You for the gift of [my husband/my wife], and for our friendship. This Christmas, deepen the bonds of friendship between us as we grow closer to each other and to You. In Your Name, Amen. 

REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful for priceless friendship with the Greatest Friend of all – Jesus Christ, for the friendship I have with my husband, and for the time we get to spend together this holiday season.

Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for down in the comments below!

Linking Up at: Christian Marriage Advice

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