Our Daily Journey with God
Sarah, Patti and Rachel
Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. [Romans 12:9].
A few years ago, on the campus of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I often saw Sarah, Patti and Rachel together. Whether on the way to class, the library, or the dining hall, they could be found talking happily or involved in deep discussion. Sarah and Patti met in their first semester and Rachel became friends with them a few years later. The three young women became the best of friends.
What was unusual about their friendship is that Sarah was visually impaired and Patti uses a wheelchair. Although she was unable to see, Sarah would often push Patti's wheelchair from class to class. Patti provided the eyes, Sarah the propulsion. Sometimes, Rachel provided direction and wheelchair power. Sarah helped Patti with her laundry, and Rachel and Patti both read to Sarah. According to Patti, Rachel was selfless in giving her friends the assistance they needed.
These three friends supported one another physically, emotionally, and spiritually, using their individual strengths to compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Perhaps the strongest element in their relationship was the spiritual support they gave one another. They had a great devotional times together, encouraging and challenging one another like Jesus.
To me, they illustrated what Christian friendship is all about. It is demonstrated in generosity and kindness to others [1 John 3:18]. It produces deep relationships and much needed companionship. It sees real needs and responds to them. In giving, we receive; in sacrificing, we are richly blessed; in serving others, our own needs are met. ~Dave Egner