Jul 17


There is a saying that goes “Blood is thicker than water.”  The saying implies that family relationships are stronger than friendships. I have always wondered about that saying. I was raised as an only child by a single Mom, and a single Grandmother, so if I were to say my only strong relationships were family, I would be rather limited. Friends have had a tremendous impact on my life. From my childhood friends, who are still important today, to the friends that have come into my adult life, all have brought their own special blessings into my life.

 Some friends have been part of my life for only a short time. I have fond memories of school friends that have moved away, other young Moms that I bonded with when my children were small, work friends from jobs that I have moved on from.  Every friend has taught me something either about love, life, or myself.

As I was thinking about my friends and how much I care about them I began to wonder about biblical friendships? Much is written about Jesus’ love of Lazarus, His reliance on His disciples, His friendship with Martha and Mary, His friendship with Mary Magdalene, but we hear very little about Jesus’ siblings? Maybe Jesus was trying to teach us that it isn’t so much who loves us because we share a common name but it is just about who loves us.

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    • Frank D'Ambrosio on July 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm
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    My experience is not unlike your own: friends actually became far more important in my life than siblings and parents! Specifically, people who started out as college friends 50 years ago became extended family to me and helped me get my life on track. I developed close church friends, who also have been more supportive than siblings; and, of course, my dear wife started out as a friend from junior college! The Bible connection is well-taken: it is indeed all about who loves us “just because.”

    • RozitaTee on July 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm
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    Ann Landers once said, “Friends are God’s apology for relatives.”

    1. What a great quote !

    • Deanne on July 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm
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    love you Christine! so blessed to have you for my friend!

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