“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32)
Every so often at St. Joseph we have Men’s and Women’s Nights. Us ladies on the team prepare and host the Women’s Night. At first, we didn’t really know what to do. We asked ourselves, “What’s our goal?” After the input, help, and questions of one of the men on the team, we figured it out. Our goal was to have a night for women to come and enjoy themselves through fellowship and through truth.
Each night has been themed differently. There was one specific night that was centered on friendship, so we had a pajama party. One of the women, Emily, talked a little bit about her personal experience of true friendship in her life. At the end, we had a time to write a letter to a friend. One of the girls, who’s very into her faith, always comes to our events. She wrote a letter to an old friend who is very standoffish and not into her faith, but still comes to events at the parish. They were really good friends for years, but had a falling out a while ago and stopped being friends.
When we got here in September, they weren’t talking, and we heard a little about their falling out. Now, 6-7 months into the year, both of them were at this Women’s Night, this night themed on friendship. After the time for writing letters to a friend, the girls shared their letters with each other, and they hugged and both started crying. It was a beautiful thing to witness, to visually see the work of the Holy Spirit and the power of forgiveness. The next time I saw them together they were talking and laughing, and my heart was so full. Through this night and the courage and vulnerability of the two girls, Jesus healed a broken friendship. The girls may not be best friends now, but they showed forgiveness to one another rather than holding a grudge.
Friendship is beautiful. But it won’t last without effort. It’s something that needs work from both ends, just like our relationship with Jesus. He loves us and desires us to love Him, but we have to choose it daily. We have to choose to love and serve the Lord so that we may grow in relationship with Him and grow in holiness. You can’t build a relationship with someone you don’t know and don’t talk to. So, I challenge you, readers, to choose the Lord today and see what happens.
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