Gratitude. We hear a lot about it, but we don’t see a lot of it.

Recently I picked up a friend at the airport. As I was waiting for his arrival, I stood at the top of the escalators simply watching people. The more I watched, the more I became aware of God’s beautiful gift of relationships. Jubilant cries flowed as loved one after loved one greeted, exchanged hugs, and laughter. Mothers reuniting with children; friends reconnecting; acquaintances shaking hands; and spouses embracing one another filled the room.

My friend arrived and in like fashion we greeted each other warmly. I felt a part of the atmosphere I had previously witnessed. I then felt tremendously grateful.

For a moment I just stopped and thanked my friend for our relationship. I thanked God that I had friendships in my life; that I had a spouse, children, grandchildren. God’s intent for our lives is that we connect with one another and fellowship with one another. He wants us to love and to experience being loved.

Today, stop and thank God for the people in your life. Maybe there are those you need to reach out and reconnect with because time or misunderstandings have kept you apart. Maybe you need to put aside your busyness and spend time with those who want desperately to be in your life. Maybe it is time to forgive some folks who have offended you. Whatever your life looks like right now, I know you have room for relationships. I want to challenge you to pursue opportunities of friendship with one another.

Colossians 3:12-14, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”



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