Monday, June 22nd 1 Samuel 18:1-4

When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:1-4

For many and various reasons, we are hungry for meaningful relationships these days.

There was a day when our friends consisted of the kids up and down the block. We just ended up together and when we went out to play, they were there. They became our friends. We shared play, dinner at each other’s houses, even went on family vacations as a hired gun to keep their kids occupied. Then we headed off to school.

Friendships were reasonably easy in school too. There were kids all around. It was easy to identify others with similar interests. Sometimes we discovered that childhood friends were left behind as we discovered new interests and Abranched out@ into the real world of high school.

But eventually, it really was time to leave Never Never Land and it became harder and harder to create and sustain friendships. We don’t live near those with whom we work. We don’t play outside of our houses. We’ve traveled far from home. Surrounded by others, we feel more lonely than ever. Unless we have some friends.

We don’t need dozens of friends. We just need a couple. A couple of good ones.

David was mightily blessed by God. He was handsome, successful, famous and powerful. He wasn’t perfect but God still blessed him. Even at the very beginning of David’s public life, God blessed him. Not with fame or money or power. First, God blessed David with friendship. He brought Jonathan into David’s life. Jonathan who immediately felt his soul bound to David’s soul. Jonathan who was literally willing to give the shirt off his back to David.

More than once, in the time to come, Jonathan would save David’s life. More than once, Jonathan would go out on a limb for David. Throughout Jonathan’s all too brief life, there doesn’t seem to have been a minute that David doubted his friendship, his respect, his love.

I hope that you, in this lonely world, have at least one Jonathan. And that you are Jonathan to at least one other person. Such friendships are truly a blessing from God.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, friendship is one of your greatest gifts. That we can love and be loved with no strings to attach us teaches us something about the meaning of life, and gives us a glimpse of who we are at our best. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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