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Thursday, December 20, 2018 Twentieth Day of Advent: The Gift of Family and Friends

“…but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 24b

God has gifted me today with a wonderful family and great friends. If you have read my past blogs, you probably read about my family. I am married to my soul mate and best friend, Dave. I have two wonderful adult children, Kim and Kyle, both of whom married in 2014. I now have a son-in-love, Steven, and a daughter-in-love, Angela. Steven brings his son, Owen, and daughter, Danielle into our family. Owen is quite the wrestler and helped lead his team to the state championships in 2014. This year, he is a freshman in high school, is on the junior varsity wrestling team and has also wrestled once for the varsity wrestling team. So far this season, he is 6-0! Go Owen! Danielle has graduated high school and is currently working while trying to determine what she wants as a career. I have another wonderful grandson, Mackenzie “Mack” for short. He loves to play guitar, teaches math and is on fire for God.  And my newest grandson, Maverick, was born February 19, 2018, my birthday. What a marvelous birthday gift. I was blessed that my parents raised me in a Christian home. Both of them have now passed away, and I miss them every day, but am comforted by the fact that  I will see them again one day. I have one sister, Marie, who is also my best friend and  who I love dearly. There are also “family” members who, although not related by blood, they are still precious family to me.

God has blessed me with many faithful friends throughout the years. (There is not enough space to write about all of them and to avoid offending anyone, I have left out the names of the two that I mention.) I have one friend with whom I grew up. Our parents were best friends and she and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. And I have a dear friend, who is several years older than me, but you would never know it. Her energy knows no bounds. She is always dressed to perfection, hair and makeup perfect. The most beautiful thing about her is that she is a prayer warrior. All I have to do is mention a slight concern I have and she immediately says, ” Well we are just going to pray about that.” I’ve only known her for just a few years, but we are closer than some sisters I know.

I saved my very best friend for last. There really is a “Friend who sticks closer than a brother” and his name is Jesus. We are all human and as hard as we may try to not fail our friends, there will be times when we do. It’s the nature of the beast. This Friend, however, will never fail us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is available 24/7/365. He loves us unconditionally, extravagantly, recklessly. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Best Friend, find a Bible and read Romans 10:8-13. Pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior and through that relationship, he will become your Best Friend. It will be a friendship for eternity.

Abba Father, thank you for being the Friend that is closer than a brother. I pray that if anyone reads this devotional and does not know you as their Savior, that they will read Romans 10:8-13 and will pray to receive You into their heart. I pray that You will bring Christian friends into their lives to help them as they begin their friendship with You. I ask your blessings on my family and friends and on the families and friends of everyone who reads this devotional.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(c) 2018 Edwina E. Cowgill

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