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Friday, February 17, 2006

Just Friends

Friends and food. Food and fellowship. Fellowship and sharing. Sharing and caring. Such are the inseparables.

Last night while rushing to meet some deadlines, a mail came in. I like the “gmail notifier” that alerts me whenever there is a new mail inbox. The alert also shows the sender. It was from a new friend helping me to get Rachel’s hearing test to be interpreted by his friend. I am described as a “good friend”. He requested his friend to reply to me as he would be away.

I am surprised. It warms my heart though. How could a new friend call me “good friend” when I have made him into an Importunate Friend?

The Importunate Friend? Jesus told the story of The Importunate Friend in Luke 11, Verses 5-7”:

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer him from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’? “I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is a friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs.” (Luke 11:5-8 RSV)

A friend comes after midnight. You have nothing in your house to give him. You are driven by a deep sense of concern. You have nothing to give. You go to your friend. Others’ needs seem more demanding to us than our own needs. Will you go over to your friend’s house in the middle of the night because you are hungry. No, you will endure the hunger until the next morning.

It’s the needs of a friend that will make you to be an importunate friend knocking at the door of the neighbour at midnight!

Jesus told this parable with a link to prayer – prayer often occurs from a sense of need, and this case the request of another person for a help and bare truth that we have nothing to give. So, we rush to the Saviour NextDoor for help.

Do you know what verse come next?

Ask, it will be given you
Seek and you will find
Knock and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives
And he who seeks finds
And to him who knocks it will be opened.

It takes a friend who will be importunate to persist in knocking the NextDoor neighbour in order that his friend’s hunger needs be met.

The NextDoor Neighbour has replied that Rachel’s hearing test shows normal hearing on both sides after treatment.

I borrow this poem called “Just Friends” from MGF Desi –

Just Friends

A generous spread on a round table
Juicy suckling piglet, roast to a golden sheen
Oyster-sauced kailan, teased with Chinese wine
Healthy washed down with vintage Le Gordon Bleu

But what's all these food and drinks worth?
If not for the boisterous crowd
Of back-slapping mates dating back a decade
Growing richer and wiser with passing years
Like good old wine, Chinese or French

So cheers to hearty and sincere company
The meal might just as well be mere entree
Or one main course
Or just desserts

It matches not really the dish
What's really cooking, whetting
Is your presence, old chap.
Camaraderie
Among just
Friends

2 comment(s):

mGf oh-oh-SE7EN:

are we Jest Friends?:)
Seya at G7 -- mayhaps minus one, meet tomorrow! :):):):):):)

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