For years, Thursday nights are marked out on my calendar for small group.
When we moved to Ocala in 2010, we joined a small group. A few years later, I became one of the hosts.
People have come and people have gone.
Last night I led small group.
I had zero thoughts on what to lead on. For a couple of weeks I have been listening to a podcast by Jen Hatmaker titled “for the love of girlfriends” so why not talk about friendship.
I am not a public speaker.
I am usually tongue tied and tripping over my words but last night, not so much.
As I prepared my notes, I googled “bible study on friendship.”
The one common denominator was the story of David and Jonathan.
Interested? Check out I Samuel Chapter 20.
I am blessed with friends but it hasn’t always been easy. I spoke about how I had I’ve had friends that I brought very close to my heart and they broke my heart into pieces. It makes it difficult to step back into those kinds of relationships so I just didn’t. I had many acquaintances but close to the heart friends, not so much. It was easier to stay just far enough away so that I couldn’t get hurt.
We read the story of David and Jonathan together.
We shared how small group added a dimension to our lives that could not be a coincidence.
We talked about how we have to be a friend to make a friend and how we should choose our friends wisely.
Most of the time there is never idle talk at small group but last night just seemed to be different.
I thought maybe my topic was shallow and not enough of Christ centered conversation but I discovered that I was not alone in the friend department.
Some shared of their longing for a friend that is close to the heart. Some shared that they have one true friend and they were happy with that.
Conversations led to great discussion and even some tears. When there are topics that reach deep down, it allows us to pray for specifics.
I shared with Steve when I got home from small group about our converstion.
I shared that he was my friend that sits right on my heart. My best friend. The person I love to spend time with the most. He is my person.
I shared privately with someone after about my friends. I shared that we yard sale together. I said that sometimes we cry in the car from one sale to the other. We also laugh until our 50 something bladders fail. I will not take for granted that I have not one but two friends that help me be a better person.
And at the end of small group one more thing happened.
We have one group member that I am in awe of. She thinks to do things that I would never have thought of.
She had purchased a bottle of frankincense and myrrh. She took the bottle, and we as a group anointed our group family members that are suffering in one way or another.
Ya’ll……..Jesus was making his presence in that room in a big way! That’s what friends do for one another.
I love a blessed life.
Perfect? Goodness NO. But you people, my small group people, you know who you are, I hold you close to the heart.