A Friend is…

A college friend made this wall hanging for me almost forty-five years ago. (Yes, I’m that old.) It currently hangs on the wall of our guest room. I want my friends (that includes you) to know that a true friend is one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

I want to be intentional about my time and focus as I move deeper into Lent. Everything around me tugs at the opposite. I want to redeem the time, to focus on God and areas in my life that need clearing. And in that clearing, I want to be radically available to friends on more than just a virtual basis.

One way I have chosen to do this is to hide my Facebook feed. (Look at me, being all techie here!) I didn’t even know I could do that until a writing group friend showed me how. Actually, there is a simple link available online for Google Chrome users. I’m sure there are other links for different types of search engines.

If you are interested in redeeming your time by clearing your newsfeed, just click here. Some of you may discover that your workday is more productive by doing so. In addition, I plan to use my redeemed time to carefully study the Gospels on how Jesus ministered. I want to learn as much as I can from my Master Teacher.

Here is another suggestion during Lent. Call a friend and check in with them instead of just waving at them online. Better yet, set aside some time to meet for coffee or tea. Ask how they are doing. Do you know someone whose whole world has just walked out?

Be a friend like our Master Teacher during Lent. The whole world will be better because you did. Well, at least your friend’s world will be better.

In Christ’s Love,


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