Making new friends is like starting a new adventure. If we can be our real selves, and we find we’re safe in that, what a journey’s started!
Now, friendship takes on many different nuances in life. Sometimes we are granted friendship from the least expected source. God surprises us, and our hearts are kindled with joy.
I found myself invited to two birthday parties on a recent day off. As my wife was off working, my two-year-old son and I set off. The first event was a 30th birthday breakfast at a swish café for best friends I’d married less than twelve months earlier. They had exciting news and we praised God together, in the midst of chasing after my two-year-old. Still, a great time was had; to re-establish connections with new friends amongst the other guests, too — brothers and sisters in Christ. The second event was a one-year-old’s birthday party, about 45 minutes’ drive away. More new friends to meet, and more people I wanted to know better. Later we went for ice cream. A big day all-round. Then we went out to a people’s place we’re only just getting to know. All new friends; all new experiences.
Everyone in this busy and confused life wants to feel they can be themselves — which I liken to being home.
Friendship is feeling home in the company of those we can safely trust.
And that’s what the church is about. It’s a place where the people of God can gather, to be fed, to heal, to be included, to grow, and most of all to feel at home.
© 2016 Steve Wickham.