Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here. - Colossians 4:7-9
I love hearing Paul talk about his friends and fellow workers in your vineyard. I have friends who go the extra mile with me for you. I trust them and their love for you and your mission. I trust they care about your people as much or more than I do. I trust they are consistently working for unity and avoid whispering behind my back and yours. I trust them to think more about the good than the bad, about grace more than judgement, about love more than hate, about peace more than strife. You know who they are, Lord. Today give them a special blessing from your grace. Strengthen their hands and knees to be bold in kindness toward others and swift to advance your word to dark places.
Pastor Don Patterson
A fellow believer, who loves Christ's word and his flock, is a good friend to have.