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.by