A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Rebecca is sitting alone at a café, looking at her phone and sipping a coffee. Around her the world is a buzz of couples, friends, business partners, all meeting and enjoying a drink.
The clock on the wall ticks noisily, marking the passage of seconds, minutes… time drifting by.
She sits and sips her long black, tapping away distractedly.
“Hey there sleepy-head. Waiting for someone?”
Looking up, the young woman sees her best friend, a coffee in hand and a smile on her face.
“Deanna! I was beginning to wonder if you’d make it! I’d begun to think that maybe Mark was going to keep you all to himself.”
As Deanna sits, they embrace gently, careful not to spill anything.
“It’s been a crazy month, that’s for sure. Can you believe the wedding was only a few weeks ago?”
“No! Well, yes. I’m still not sure if it was a year ago, or yesterday.”
“I’m the same! It’s been so… wonderful, to finally be married to Mark. Strange though, to share a bed after sleeping on my own for so long.”
“I can’t imagine what that’s like. Does he hog the blankets?”
“Hah! I have to wrestle them away from him. Plus there’s the whole ‘seat up, seat down’ thing we’re still working through.”
The two ladies laugh, their shared intimacy obvious.
“Speaking of the wedding, it was beautiful, wasn’t it?”
“It was Bec, it was. I’m glad to catch up with you though, it’s been too long since we saw each other.”
“Oh go on Dee, you just got married. You’re allowed to take a little time with your hubby.”
“I know, I know, but you’re my bestie. Just because I’m married doesn’t mean we stop being friends. I mean, who else could I have asked to pray for us at the wedding? You’re a sister to me, and that’s important.“
“Thanks Dee, but I mean it… it’s important that you sow into your marriage.”
“And it’s just as important that I don’t forget my friends or ignore them. We’re meant for relationship, not just marriage. What does it say in Proverbs? A friend loves at all times, and a brother, or in our case, a sister, is born for a time of adversity.”
Rebecca sips her coffee, thinking her friend’s words over, before grinning.
“Does that mean you need me to help you cause some mischief?”
The newly-married Deanna laughs.
“Bec! I‘d never ask you to get into trouble! I might ask you to come over and have dinner with us though, and if you can confuse Mark, all the better.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you for family, that you call us your sons and daughters, and that we can call one another brothers and sisters.
We thank you for the gift of marriage, that it is meant to bring light and life to all humanity, even for those who are not married.
May the Holy Spirit help the married and unmarried to love each other, that as iron sharpens iron, we may encourage one another daily.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance