an important thought for friendship

 I was reading earlier this week about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He was under tremendous pressure knowing that He would be betrayed, brutally beaten and crucified in less than 24 hours.  In the Garden, He was in an extremely weak place emotionally and He asked 3 of His closest friends to “keep watch with Me.”  It seems to me that Jesus wanted some company during this REALLY TOUGH time – unfortunately, His friends fell asleep and weren’t very good company.

But here’s my point, if you want to be close to someone and really connect and know them, you can’t just hang around when everything is smoothy groovy.  Deep, genuine and constructive intimacy requires us to be present when the other person is in their most vulnerable and even weakest state.  Let’s learn from the failure of Jesus’ friends and do our level best to be present for others when they are in difficult times.

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