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Why I’m Thankful for Friends
By Delaney Mowers
No matter what happens in life, when I do not know where to turn, I know that I can always turn to my friends. I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, but friendship always tops the list when it comes down to the wire and I have to pick only one thing to be thankful for at the Thanksgiving table. Friends are there for you when you are down, they pick you up when you are hurting, they know everything about you and love you just the same, and they understand the things that are too hard to put into words.
Helen Keller once said, “I would rather walk with a friend in the light, than alone in the dark.” I believe that this quote truly sums up the value of friendship. When I think back on the different times and events in my life, the first thing that always comes to mind is my friends. They are the best thing in the good times and the bad times. They add so much value and life to the good times, and so much meaning to the bad times.
Galatians 6:2 (NIV) says, in the New International Version “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Friendship carries out this commandment in a really unique way. Friends literally carry you when you cannot carry yourself and offer you the support that you need when you cannot help yourself. They are there for you to call at all times and view your well-being as important as their own.
This kind of love is the love that Christ is talking about in this verse. He calls us to love others in a sacrificial way, and to carry people through the hardships of life with that love. This kind of love encompasses so many different things, and I believe that friendship exhibits this in a very powerful way. I am so thankful for the friends I share this Christ-like love with, and for all the parts of this that is evident.
I am thankful for the understanding that the love of friends provides. Understanding and being understood is so powerful, because if you are not fully known then you cannot be fully loved.
I am thankful for the kindness that the love of friends provides. A sensitive heart can be hard to come by in the world and having friends with ones is invaluable.
I am thankful for the forgiveness that the love of friends provides. Everyone makes mistakes and being in communion with people that forgive like Christ forgives is so encouraging and healing.
I am thankful for hope that the love of friends provides. Life can be challenging and hard, but finding so many meaningful reasons to have hope with in the hardships is so powerful.
I am thankful for the peace that the love of friends provides. Friends show me what it means to find rest and solace in God, as well as myself, and encourage me to seek it out.
I am thankful for the joy that the love of friends provides. I take heart in the joy that my friends bring, and the joy that comes out of such meaningful relationships with them.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Friendship simultaneously provides a space for you to live into the fruits of the Spirit and provides a space for you to practice these yourself.