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Frayed Friendships

Today’s Reflection

IN THE BUSYNESS of our lives, our relationship with God can fray like the ends of a rope. Friendships can lose their momentum when we become engrossed in the grind of daily life and don’t make time to hang out with friends. This can also happen in our relationship with God. During Lent, Jesus invites us into a renewed friendship. He invites us to “catch up” on the things that have happened in our lives that we have not told him about. … Jesus invites us to put God at the center of our lives. He knows that in doing so we will reclaim our true identity as beloved sons and daughters of a God who deeply desires friendship with us.

—Trevor Hudson, Anthony Egan, SJ, and Russell Pollitt, SJ
Divine Friendship: Reflections for Lent

From page 10 of Divine Friendship: Reflections for Lent by Trevor Hudson, Anthony Egan, SJ, and Russell Pollitt, SJ. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

In what ways has your friendship with God become “frayed”? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
—John 15:15

Prayer for the Week

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.

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  • Betsy February 12, 2019, 6:58 am

    Often my quiet prayer time with God is rushed; my mind on what is to come in the day ahead. I have to consciously stop and breathe, often inserting a quick breath prayer to get me back on track. I’m hoping to center myself better and take th time to reconnect with the Father.
    Grateful for volunteer work today at the Senior Center today. I’m always blessed by the folks that come through the doors for a hot meal. Blessings to all.

  • Edy February 12, 2019, 7:36 am

    For 17 days now I have set aside time to meditate using a book recommended by UR called “One Breath At A Time” by F Dana Trent. It is a wonderful way to connect with God. Not easy to do as it takes time to fully reach goal of being able to let thoughts go and fully feel His presence. I see this as a challenge that I intend to complete successfully. So instead of my friendship being frayed, it’s getting put back together. Setting a time to be quiet is important to me. “ Be still and know that I am God”.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 12, 2019, 7:55 am

    Yes, may we put God at the center of our lives!

    There was a stage in my life where I wondered whether God was there. Grateful that He showed me clearly He is here for me.

    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart!

    • Connie February 12, 2019, 9:00 am

      Mary, I am singing it now…….

      • April February 12, 2019, 11:13 am

        I am singing along with you too…and here is a little more info I found. Prayers for all who have problems with vision.
        The Story Behind Be Thou My Vision
        “Be Thou My Vision” is an 8th century Irish hymn that was translated by Eleanor Hull in 1912. Today the hymn is sung to the Irish folk tune “Slane”. This song is rooted in medieval Celtic Christianity and has grown in popularity due to many Christian artists covering the hymn on recent albums. It is believed that the original poem may have been written by an Irish saint who experienced blindness later in life.
        Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
        naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
        thou my best thought, by day or by night;
        waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
        Blessings to our UR family today and always.

  • Julie February 12, 2019, 8:19 am

    Yes, my friendship with God is frayed. Due to my Reynaud’s I am unable to attend church in the winter. I feel funny going only during warm weather. Also all of the Bible studies are over the winter, so I miss out on this valuable tool of deepening my understanding of the Bible and its principles. I need to set a specfic time to sit quietly with God, like a treasured friend.
    Prayers for Betsy as she volunteers and for those who come for a meal.
    Prayers for Edy and her example of repairing a friendship with God.
    Prayers for Mary and her family and may she shine her light to all today.
    Prayers for marcy, may she be well.
    Prayers for Robert, may he continue to enjoy good health. Prayers for Erich, may he find this job helpful. Prayers for Annaliese, may her health improve now that she got the MRI.
    Prayers for Connie, may her spirits lift soon and may she feel my empathy and kinship.
    Prayers for Jill as she supports Gloria and Larry. Prayers for Gloria, may she receive the peace of the Lord as He calls to her from her new home.
    Prayers for April and her family, Rusty and his family, Andrea and Lowell and Lou and her children.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs for each or the UR family

  • Andrea February 12, 2019, 1:16 pm

    “Be Thou my vision” is one of my old favorite hymns too, and I join the chorus singing it together here.

    I believe my Lectio Divina practice keeps me connected to God. I have followed a LD practice for about six years now, since a week long retreat in 2013. Reciting my LD passage in the morning when I wake up and again at night when I go to bed, as well, often, during the daytime, hel0s to ground me. It is like getting a quick tune-up. Even after six years of having my LD passage, new insights pop up from time to time from the familiar words.

    Julie, thank you for your prayers, which you so patiently post in so many of your comments. Bless you for the effort it takes you. I pray the Reynauds symptoms you experience will ease up and I pray you will feel God’s arms holding you very closely on your difficult days. Jill comes into my mind, and her parents and sister. I pray for Gloria, Jill, Larry, and Becky in this sad but holy time of transition for Gloria. Marcy and Anneliese, also, are frequently on my mind and I pray for their health, pain relief, and support. Prayers for all UR friends, may you stay close to God and know God’s faithfulness through all that happens now and down the road.

    Still it keeps snowing here in Minnesota. Schools are letting out early again today. More snow is forecast in the days ahead. Everything has a thick white coat and it’s a white, white world, and quiet too. Diffused sunlight manages to shine through the white sky, reflecting beautiful soft light off the new snow’s surface. May all stay safe in the snow and ice storms that continue to occur.

    Blessings, all.

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