With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. – 1 Peter 5:12-13
You have given me a few friends like Silas was for Paul who deeply understand the power of grace and the meaning of the Christian life. They help me serve by encouraging me to stay centered in you and your word and by doing things for me that I can’t do by myself. They understand me, forgive me and help me live for you. Thank you for my closest friends. They are a gift from you. Help me to be a friend to them too, to help them grow, to help them be happy in you and to help them have everything they need to get along in life. Your peace and grace are so powerful that they exist in any and every situation. Give me that peace today so I relax and help my family and friends relax too.
Pastor Don Patterson
Grace and peace and true Christian friends are three of Jesus’ biggest gifts for us.