“My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on the secret of who I really am.” Matthew 16:17
Jesus questioned Peter, “Who do you say I am?” This question Peter could answer without searching for the answer: “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus was pleased Peter “got it.” From reading the Gospels, it appears Jesus had given enough hints as he taught and healed in the presence of the disciples. There seemed to be something special about Peter and his relationship with Jesus–more like a friendship.
I’ve begun research on a possible book I’d like to write on the topic of friendship–after fifty. It has become harder, especially since moving to another state, to find the kind of friendship Jesus had with Peter–the kind where they grew to know each other by just hanging out.
I’ll be soliciting stories from my Facebook friends about their experiences finding friends and keeping friendships alive through the years–especially those formed after fifty. I just might find a clue as to how to turn acquaintances into long-lasting friendships.
Lord, help me recognize good friends when you brought them to me. Amen.