The late Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes stated the following in a sermon entitled Friendships and Relationships which was based on Ecclesiastes 6: 16-17 “A faithful friend is an elixir of life, found only by those who fear the Lord. The man who fears the Lord keeps his friendships in repair, for he treats
his neighbors as himself.”
“Most of us spend most of our time sorting out our personal lives, our little trials, sagas, victories, and defeats. At the end of the day we tote up our score, not for or against the great social or intellectual systems of the world, but in terms of how we stand with the people we value, and perhaps even love. It is easy for religion to pronounce upon the great affairs and events of our time; it can and must do so, but a heavenly religion that cannot help us sort out our daily dose of human experience is of no earthly good.
“The first gift given to us at creation is the gift of companionship: ‘It is not good that man should be alone,’ says God before he provides Adam with Eve. The motivation is charitable. He does not say that it is not practical or convenient for man to be alone. He says, simply, that it is not good, and he proceeds to remedy the matter and provide for the first relationship, the essence of which is companionship each for the other.
“Adam’s need is our need: perhaps we inherited it from him. ‘We need to find ourselves somehow connected to someone other than ourselves.”
Just thinking, it might help our world if more of us went about trying to “find ourselves somehow connected to someone other than ourselves” and someone different than ourselves?
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 8:49 AM EDT