Make New Friends   by Joseph Parry

Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One is silver,
And the other, gold.

A circle’s round
It has no end
That’s how long
I’m gonna be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
It warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
From the very start.

You help me,
And I’ll help you
And together
We will see it through.

The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
To keep it clean.

Across the land
Across the sea
Friends forever
We will always be.

This little poem became a song that the Girl Scouts adopted. I remember singing it in Brownies with our hands criss-crossed. It is a simple song, yet, I’ve never really looked at the words-they are powerful. It speaks of friendship, keeping all friends old and new, treasuring friends for eternity, heartwarming friendships that light up your life, friendship’s stick-to-it-ness through good times and bad, friends helping each other out, friendships that no time or distance can separate.

We went to a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner last night. A dear teacher friend invited my husband and I to join some of the faculty. I have been retired for two years and had not revisited my old school or the friends I had for eighteen years. I was a bit hesitant to see them fearing how the evening would go-I needn’t have. Hugs, kisses, laughter, and joy filled the reunion and truly blessed me.

In this little song, I see that true friendship is forever-forever! Dear Lord, I see the lesson here about our friendship. It encompasses all You are to me. Have I been a true friend to You? I sadly think not. I tend to think of You on an irregular basis. With You, linked hand in hand I long to be. Your friendship is always there for me no matter how I treasure You, or easily take Your love for granted. Would that I remember that friendship is not one-sided, but a bond that is constant from beginning into eternity. Forgive me for forgetting my side our friendship. I needn’t ask Your help in remembering this vital connection with my Maker, my Provider, my Comforter, my Forever Friend. I need only be there to walk, talk, and share the life You gave me, and to give thankfulness and a grateful heart-no matter what!

I want our friendship to grow and deepen into a gold more valuable than any found on Earth. I know You do Your part with every beat of my heart, with every breath I take. As a child centers his life around himself, I long to grow into a friendship that reflects the maturity of character and the growth that exemplifies my dedication, honor, and respect for You. Thank You for Your willingness to wait for me to transform myself into the companion You seek in me.  Amen

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

Genesis 3:8-9 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

Ezekial 34:11 For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.”

Ezekial 16:8 “Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:31 “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you.”

Psalms 27:8 “Seek my face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”

Abide With Me    Lyrics: Henry F. Lyte. Music: W.H. Monk

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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