Sunday Scriptures — Friendship

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Recently I was thinking about friends I knew during my high school years. Two in particular stood out because of what they wrote to me.

Karen and I were best friends. You’d call us BFFs today. We shared much of ourselves with each other during our senior year of high school and vowed to stay in touch, despite the fact our roads after graduation would take us down different paths. Unfortunately, we never saw each other again once we hugged good-bye the day we held our diplomas in our hands.

While in Senior English, we studied Jean Anouilh’s play, Becket, about King Henry II and Thomas Becket’s friendship. We both fell in love with it, got mad at Henry for his treatment of his friend, and wept for Becket.

I don’t need to see my yearbook to remember the inscription Karen wrote…To Becket, from Henry. I was humbled she considered me a person who stood up for what I felt was right, and  who didn’t compromise my beliefs.

A friend I met at church camp signed his letters using a phrase from Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations. Referencing the conversation between Joe and Pip, Paul always wrote, “Ever the best of friends.”

Paul and I ran into each other several times through the years at various conventions but eventually, lost contact. Yet I know, were we to meet today we’d still be ever the best of friends.

As a writer, books are important to me. I enjoy reading them. I enjoy writing them. While Becket and Great Expectations are classics, and I appreciate them both, there is one book that is far superior, and has many more memorable lines in it.

Yep. I’m talking about the Bible.

So I’m wondering…

Do we include scripture references when we speak or write to others, the way my friends included literary works when they wrote me? Do our friends know the stories from the Bible which thrill our hearts? The ones that bring us joy? The ones that reduce us to tears? If we quoted a verse, would they know it’s importance to us?

Jesus is our true BFF. He shares our hurts, our joys, our failures and our successes with us each and every day. He will never harm or destroy us the way King Henry did Becket. Jesus will never abandon or reject us the way Pip did Joe. Jesus wants us to keep in touch.

Our Savior loves us with an undying love. He wants us to stand up for what is right. He longs for us to be ever the best of friends.

Are there friends from high school you are still in contact with? If you mentioned something from those days, would you feel like you were there all over again?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this, please share it through the social media buttons.

 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Real Time-traveler

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Earlier this month, Pilot and I did something we’d never done before. We donned goggles and other attire recognized as Steampunk and attended Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, Texas. Actually, the outfit I wore except for the goggles, pistol, and sonic screwdriver, was made up of clothes that hang in my closet for everyday use. Our attire was tame compared to some.

Dickens on the Strand is an annual event which allows people to dress up in all sorts of costumes. There were characters from the Victorian era of Charles Dickens. Pirates due to Galveston’s association with Jean Lafitte. And Steampunkers for reasons I do not yet understand.

Among the crowd there were also Cowboys, American Civil War soldiers and Antebellum Belles. British Bobbies and 1880s British Indian Army soldiers. Queen Victoria, Bagpipers, a Town Crier. Plus lots of corsets and top hats.

One unexpected delight was coming upon a replica of Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Time And Relative Dimension In Space time machine and space craft all in one. Of course, this blue Police Box was nothing like the real thing once you stepped inside.

Where were the gears? Where were the levers? Where were the whirling sounds and pulsing lights?

In the BBC television show, when the Doctor travels in the TARDIS he comes up against numerous fearsome enemies set on destroying him. Fortunately, he has the ability to regenerate when his body is mortally damaged, taking on a new appearance and personality as needed.

Thinking about the time-traveling humanoid-alien Time Lord Doctor, who travels with various companions and faces a variety of menacing foes while working to save civilization, help innocent people, and right wrongs, set my mind to wandering, as is sometimes its way.

Earth to Sandy…what has this got to do with your usual Christian devotional posts of encouragement? Have you been out in the sun too long? Did you get zapped with the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver? Were your goggles a bit too tight?

Stick with me. I’m getting there.

I believe the Doctor has relevance to what I usually post.

Let me explain…

As a believer in the Resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I see Jesus as the ultimate time-traveler who descended to this earth, traveled with an assortment of companions, helped innocent people, set wrongs right, paid the penalty we owed to the point of his own death to save humanity, rose victoriously from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will return for us one day.

The Great I AM who was, and is, and is to come, King of kings and LORD of lords is not bound by time as we mortals are. He has conquered hell, sin, Satan, and death. Yes!

If those aren’t fearsome enemies, I don’t know what is.

Jesus is the Great Physician. He’s no made-up science fiction time-traveling humanoid-alien Time Lord Doctor. He’s the real deal.

Can I get an amen?

Now if I could just find an excuse to wear Elsa’s Frozen costume…and could actually fit inside it…

Anyone else out there like to dress up? Steampunk or otherwise?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this please share it through the social media buttons.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end, says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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