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Today with Jesus

Family and Friends

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which give us hope that will never disappoint us." (Romans 5:3-5)

Discussion

Do you know the worth of your family and friends in times of crisis?

Life is a lesson to learn, and to live. Suffering never leaves us without giving a beneficial life lesson. Jesus is the fortress in any troubles. The family and friends are the best guaranteed valuable investment to overcome any crisis, but do not take their support for granted. We should work to keep up the warmness of love in the family and in our friends' circles. No one is an island in herself/himself. We always need the support of others in one way or the other in our lives. We rejoice in suffering, not because we like pain or deny its tragedy, but because we know God is using life's difficulties to build our character. You will get a new perspective, new approach, and a new attitude towards life.

Michael Douglas, the movie veteran, has come around after his 6 month fight with stage 4 throat cancer. He says, "The tumor is gone." He continues, "My health crisis has given me a new respect for my wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, my kids and my friends." He explains, "All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before, and it gave me a really new appreciation of just how valuable, how precious my family and good friends are."

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend" (Proverbs 27:17). Be sure that in all your planning, organizing and working, you don't forget the people who have helped/are helping you the most.

Prayer

Jesus, we pray for all our family members, friends and medical supporters who help us in our sickness and sufferings. Let us understand the value of family, Church, and friends. We pray for all those who are suffering from cancer and other terminal illness. We pray for their healing in the name of Jesus Christ. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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