Proverbs 18:24 says, "A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother." We all have friends, but where are the true friends? Where are the friends who stick with you through thick and thin? We often look to the prominent and the wealthy and the popular, and think their lives must be filled with many friends, but let me give you a few statistics: Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway confessed, "Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.
Joss Whedon, director of the movie The Avengers, said, "Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there."
Scientist Albert Einstein wrote, "It is strange to be known so universally, and yet to be so lonely."
Writer Ernest Hemingway wrote, "I live in a vacuum that is as lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead and there is no current to plug into."
Marilyn Monroe said, "Sometimes I think the only people who stay with me and really listen are people I hire, people I pay."
Do you have friends, friends that don't care about your status in life, and don't care whether you are skinny, fat, short, tall, rich, poor, but people who will give their lives for you if necessary. You see, that is the mark of the Believer. That is the evidence of the one who has Jesus in his heart. I am blessed to have many friends, and I am blessed to have even just one true friend, although I have more. I talked last night to such a friend, whom I haven't talked with in 50 years. Yet, it was like we were always there. A friend that you will share a fox-hole with when the times are tough. Even if we have no friends, there is One who has already shown His love for You, and He is a friend you can count on. His name is Jesus.
Lord, I lift up Dale to You today. Please let him know how much You love him. Thank You for connecting us once again, one this journey homeward. I pray in the matchless name of Jesus.