I have a very special old friend who I do not talk to as often as I should. This morning, I called on him for a few minutes.
"Sorry," I said, "I've really been busy, but I think about you a lot. You've always been like a father to me"
Old friend: "That's okay, son. You know where to find me when you feel like having a chat."
Me: "Yes, I know, and I've always appreciated that fact. But please forgive me just the same. You have given me so much over the years and I never seem to be able to thank you adequately enough."
Old friend: "You know what? I haven't done any more for you than I would have for anyone else. But, if you want to repay me in some way, you can be a little more sensitive to the needs of others. Show compassion and forgive those who may have harmed you in one way or another. I've always had a fondness for those who radiate mercy and love in their lives."
Me: "Well, rest assured, I will take that reminder to heart...I promise. Everything that I do from here on in, I will do in your name."
Old friend: "Good deal, then! Bless you for that...And next time, don't take so long to check in with me. I'm not going anywhere, you know that."
Me: "Amen to that!"
*NOTE: I've known my old friend all my life. My parents originally introduced me to Him. I sometimes refer to Him as "God". He has a down-to-earth son by the name of "Jesus". Perhaps you know Him too.