In retrospect, as I edit this book and prepare it for publication, I never expected I would have finished up my first draft of the messages on Thanksgiving Day which miraculously was only about the 4th day of writing it. It was a long day of intense writing, and I was so thankful to a long-time friend who dropped off my laundry she had done and some turkey for me. I asked her to set all of it down on and by my car so she wouldn’t interrupt my writing when she got to the hotel where I was staying. In her love and kindness, she quietly dropped off the blessings she had for me. As thankful to God as I am for my friend’s beautiful and gentle love and sacrifice over the years, she isn’t my best friend.
When I was a girl, my supposed best friend at the time who turned out to be anything but gave me a poster about what it means to be a faithful friend. I can’t remember a single word on that poster, but I can tell you this. As indescribably humbled and thankful as I am that Jesus Christ is my Lord, God, King, Savior, first love, highest priority, healer, teacher, redeemer, counselor, comforter, helper, master, restorer, advocate, hope, joy, light, and peace, etc., there is something else I want to express my Thanksgiving about regarding my beloved Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming from a background of decades of brokenness beyond human hope, and having had a pretty rough life throughout which I have struggled with one thing or another every day for as long as I can remember even to this very day, and having undergone a miraculous life transformation by the loving heart and hands of God, I have this confession – and Thanksgiving – to proclaim.
The Lord Jesus Christ is my very best friend – forevermore. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is the very best friend anyone on this earth could ever have. Every day now is a day of Thanksgiving for me. For He is mine and I am His forevermore!
“…and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 KJV
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.” Song of Sol. 6:3 KJV