…who needs enemies? The first few verses of John are favorites of mine. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, he was with God in the beginning. It boggles my mind to know that Jesus was the Prince of Glory and chose to come to a dusty little town born of parents that were inexperienced and poor! He gave up the shimmering garments of heaven for swaddling clothes and the bed of a King for a manger in an animal’s stall. When He got here and grew to be a man, He called to himself a band of men, the disciples. Jesus took them and promised to make them fishers of men. They were with Him daily and saw all He did, from feeding the five thousand and opening blinded eyes to raising the dead and eating with tax collectors. They saw him change water into wine at a wedding and talk with the woman at the well, telling her the secrets of her life. Reminds me of a secular song, “If you don’t know me by now, you will never, ever, never know mel” They knew the Lord. Look at Peter standing outside of where Jesus was being questioned and see him DENY ever even knowing Him, now see Judas as he walks in to get money in exchange for Jesus’ life. Judas took the 30 pieces of silver, they were heavy in the bag and felt so good to jingle. I see him looking into the bag, just checking, not able to believe his good luck! He went to the Garden and planted the most famous kiss of all times on the cheek of our Lord. In this day and time we not only deny our Lord every day through things that we allow in ourselves, but we deny the Lord any time that we hurt each other. I don’t have to agree with your theology to love you! If you have sinned it is none of my business to correct you in words but by living a life in your presence that will convict you and make you want to live a better life. It will certainly do no good for you or me if I choose to talk about you, run you down, or constantly try to ruin your reputation.
In my death I want my voice to be heard in the way of keeping my family’s secrets close to my chest, guarding my family from the inside and being faithful. The only thing I really want is to have my family united. To me being united means: Maybe you don’t agree with me, you might even see me as a sinner, but you will unite to protect me, if just from the enemy of my soul. You will agree to pray for me, and with me for God’s secrets and will to be revealed to us all.
Be a faithful friend that is a secret keeper before men and a secret pray-er before God!