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Importance of friends

A little while ago I was talking to a group of children on the theme of Friendship. Using the seven letters of the word FRIENDS, I asked the children to suggest words beginning with each of those letters which describe how a friend might be. The children came up with some interesting ideas (such as "E for Exotic!")

I reminded the children of the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible, a man with few if any friends, because he was a tax collector working for the Roman occupying forces. Jesus shocked everyone by inviting himself to Zacchaeus' house for a chat, and Zacchaeus was bowled over with the knowledge that he now had a new friend in Jesus.

I encouraged the children to take the time to tell their friends how much they appreciate them. I also suggested that they should keep a look out for anyone who may not have many friends and to make a special effort to be friendly towards them. We probably all know someone who could do with a bit of friendship right now.

Steve Clark
Glenfield Methodist Church

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