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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How You Doing?

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121 (NIV)

It’s been a “long time, no hear” from your friend. What’s the first thing you ask your friend? The second? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1303).

My chief concern would be with my friend’s mental, emotional, and spiritual condition. I might first ask, “How’s your health?” He would probably assume that I was referring to his physical condition and would have a comment or two regarding that. So I would drill a little further and ask “Are you finding daily sources of strength?” Here I am really searching for his ability to cope with whatever comes and his arsenal of spiritual resources—is he able to find sources of courage, joy, and hope, perhaps a good measure of happiness? Next I would inquire about his special interest—such as family or creative endeavors. Finally, considering what is appropriate, I would offer a few words of encouragement based upon his comments ranging from “Don’t give up” and “Keep strong in the Lord” to “Knowing you, I knew you would be fine.”

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