We had no friendship rings, nor were we sworn to each other, but I thought our friendship would last forever.
She was my best friend in every class from kindergarten to grade five. I slept at her home, which was not something my parents encouraged. She traveled a farther distance to my school, and on parting in the evenings, I looked forward to seeing her the next day. She was kind, and I only remember one time we disagreed. I cannot even remember what it was about. It led to a short fight, but we made up.
Our friendship continued until she left for America. She promised to write. Anxiously, I looked for her letter, but it never came. In the years that followed, I hoped I would see her again and that we could renew our friendship. When I came to America as an adult, I contacted her, but I realized we were different than we were as children. Our close childhood bond was not forever.
I am thankful for Jesus, my forever best friend. He never changes or outgrows His relationship with anyone. He is divine and loves everyone the same. Everyone can claim Him as their best friend. As a friend, He loves at all times. His love is immeasurable. He died for us even while we were still sinners.
Thank God, Jesus did not remain in the grave. He rose from the dead and is now in heaven. One day, He will return for us. His promise is true. He will not be like my friend who never wrote. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. The years will not change His love for us nor will distance sever the relationship. We might change, but He does not.
Keep Jesus as your best friend. Study His Word and talk to Him. Hold Him in your heart. He is your forever friend.
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