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We found five characteristics of friendship that we have put together in five days of daily devotionals. We hope you will join us. To start off this portrait of friendship, we give you Ruth’s story…

Have you ever had a friend that you could sit with quietly and never speak and yet you knew they understood what you couldn’t say? Or, perhaps you start a sentence and she finishes it?

Some of us are fortunate to have such intimate friends. Others long to find such a relationship of a “soul” sister. Maybe, like me, you long for that relationship to be found in a biological relationship, yet it is missing…you hunger for it and don’t know where to turn to find it.

So, where do we turn? Well, for me, in a time of enormous challenges, I found such wonderful friendship with my mother-in-law. Married at a young age to a foreigner, I faced the death of my husband, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law in a very short time frame. Yet, rather than allowing these tragedies to destroy me, I grew closer to my mother-in-law. I saw it as my responsibility to care and provide for the both of us. This was not something I was obligated to do, but must have come from the deep friendship we shared.

Naomi,my mother-in-law, and I shared a faith and love that had grown over the years and perhaps became even more intimate because of the tragedies and losses we both experienced. We prayed for each other; sought God’s blessings for each other. Clinging to the confidence that together we could handle whatever the future faced, we took the risk to step out and pursue a future that meant accepting change and taking risk. We could do that together because of our friendship. We opened ourselves to criticism and were vulnerable both in terms of meeting our financial needs but also in seeking a secure future. Because of friendship, we were open and honest with each other and willing to listen to guidance. Most importantly, we grew in faith and recognized that our friendship came from a Redeemer Lord God who loved us.

To read a more complete account of Ruth and her amazing and true story, go to the Bible and find the book of Ruth in the Old Testament…it is a great read.

Where can you find such a constant and consistent friend today? There is One who is always that constant, consistent, intimate friend we can know and learn to trust with all of ourselves—His name is Jesus Christ. You can know Jesus as such a friend. Christ calls us friends when we come to Him and ask Him to live with us. Just say, “Lord Jesus, I need you as my friend. Please show me what a friendship with you means. Help me, Lord.” Amen.

For additional information on beginning your eternal relationship with God, click here.

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