Remember this Gift – Gift of Friendship
by Meisha Berg

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. —John 15:13

When I think of friendship, my mind often jumps to my Christmas card list or those that we invite over for dinner. However, as I stop to think about friendship this holiday, I realize that this amazing gift from God really manifests itself in some of the most unassuming of ways. It surrounds us, from the cheerful smile a coworker gives you as they open the door for you to that gentleman in the grocery line that lets you go first when you clearly have your hands full.

One day in particular stands out to me. It was one of those rough mornings where nothing seemed to be going quite right. I stopped into Starbucks for an extra little pep in my step, only focused on getting my caffeine fix with my head focused on the troubles of the day. As I began to rattle off my order, I was interrupted with a cheerful “How are you doing today?” A simple question really, one we all hear many times a day, but there was something different about the way she said it, like she really meant it. Her question hit me just where I needed it that day. “Ya know, I really need a cup of coffee this morning.” “I know what you mean, what can I get you?”

Some might feel as though she was just doing her job, but honestly, that interaction meant so much more to me than she will ever know. It was exactly what I needed to shake me out of my mood and shift my mindset for the day. Since then, we have shared the highs of new baby announcements and the lows of raising teenage kids and all the mundane mornings in between, but I can honestly say that that day, God blessed me with the most unexpected gift of friendship and one that just keeps giving back.

It can be so easy this time of year to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday parties and the death match to pick up this year’s hottest new toy, but if we take a second to stop for a second, we can find that God surrounds us every day with these beautiful gifts.

This season, I encourage you to step out of your shell and extend God’s gift of friendship to someone around you through a simple smile or an encouraging word. You may find that it becomes more than just a gift for the person you choose to reach out to, but also has a profound ability to give back.

Recall a time when you received the gift of friendship.