I grew up going to church & my closest friends from those days are still my closest friends now. I went to public school & had friends but my church friends were always the strongest bonds. Something about faith holds us together & helps us give each other support. You see it on sports teams & people who share the same hobby: believing together ties you together. Also, could be the fact that we went to church at least three times a week so we all saw each other a lot, which also helps the bonds grow.
My husband & I don't go to church now (we still love Jesus, we just aren't sure how we feel about church) but our daughter does. She has a group of friends who go to Sunday service together, they do sleepovers, go to camp, help with the little kids. Watching those bonds strengthen & grow brings back so many great memories & makes me excited to see what their friendship will look like when they are older.
The faith of friendship is laughing until you cry & crying until you laugh, & knowing you can count on each other.
There is a TV series running right now about Jesus & the friendships he had. Each episode is about a different person who was close to him in life. Doesn't it make you want to do your own series about your own life? Each person shares a different perspective about you? & you get to do it for them, too? So great! Back to this Jesus series, here is the synopsis & a video:
“Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.
Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts. Utilizing some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians, the series weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to create a complete portrait of Jesus – the man and the Messiah. The series finale airs this Monday, April 15 on The History Channel at 8pm ET/PT.