Bonds Beyond Description  MAY 2019 

I observed our backyard guests which included student doctors, and some spouses and significant others. I stood amazed at the unique bond that existed between them. These were people from all walks of life acting as if they had all grown up in the same house.

I recalled that some of them had been together now for 4 years in classrooms, hospitals, and libraries all hours of the day and night, putting in the work necessary to be successful. Some of them had endured a Master’s Program together in which they were required to make nearly straight A’s just to get into medical school.

Even as the sounds of laughter wafted into the afternoon breeze it was clear that these unique relationships did not form solely from easy and happy times. These bonds were uniquely forged in the fires of life. Being thrown together into times of doubt, stress, discouragement, anxiety, and uncertainty, caused this group to lean on their faith and depend on each other for survival.

I realized that I was watching what can happen in church when by faith we cry out to Jesus and then collectively reach for each other. I’m thankful for the good times we can share as friends, but I am convinced that the trials of life reveal our true friends and make us better servants of Christ and better encouragers to each other. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:25