Forever Friends

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another." 1

A Friend For All Seasons

My Friend, You are the star-lit sky,
Which guides me through my wintry night:
You wipe each tear of my heart's cry;
You hold me through my deepest fright.

My Friend, You are the sun in spring,
That thaws me with its gentle rays:
Your warmth stills my heart's quivering;
Your eyes return my longing gaze.

My Friend You are the summer rain,
Refreshing my heart parched by trial:
Though life be rough with grief and pain,
You smooth it all with Your smile.

My Friend, You are the autumn breeze,
Which lifts me up when my heart lags:
You dance about with colored leaves --
Your simple joys escape my bags!

Through all the seasons, You impart,
Jesus, my Friend, You hold my heart.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. John 15:13-17