Don’t Wait Until You Feel Like It
By: Tammy A. Phillips
While my youngest sister was studying for her nursing degree, one of her classmates committed suicide. This woman was not known to the other students. However, their professor announced that the entire class would be attending this young woman’s funeral. Many complained bitterly about tolerating this inconvenience for someone they did not know. But the professor was insistent.
Begrudgingly, dozens of students showed up at the funeral home. What they saw broke their hearts: only two women stood in front of the casket; no one else was present. The women, who were the dead student’s mother and sister, turned around and almost collapsed with joy when they saw the uniformed nursing students. They profusely thanked each one for taking time out of their busy schedules to be with them. Mother and sister were convinced that others cared about their loved one. Continue reading
By Carlyn Paschall
Are you an island unto yourself? You don’t need church or friends because you can do it all by your lonesome. You can pray for yourself, you don’t need anyone to intercede for you. You don’t need to go to church, because after all, you can read the Word for yourself. Ever met anyone like that?
The problem with this kind of thinking is we isolate ourselves and make ourselves an easy target for the enemy. We all need someone to pray with and for us. Suppose you are unconscious or your body is racked with pain? You may not be able to pray, but if you have a friend, that person can intercede on your behalf. Suppose you are tempted in a certain area – don’t Continue reading
by Brenda Diggs
Not long ago, I saw the letters “BFF” written together in a text message to someone. Since I don’t text, I had no clue what it meant. After admitting my ignorance, I learned that “BFF” stands for Best Friends Forever.
With the advent of social media, specifically Facebook, “friend” has become a generic term that is used very loosely in our culture. Almost everyone is plugged in, but are we really connected?
A 2006 Washington Post article entitled, “Social Isolation Growing in U.S.”, cites the findings of a study that states “Americans are far more isolated today than they were twenty years ago; and that very few people feel they have anyone they can confide in.” Continue reading