DayBreaks for 8/03/15: The Loyal Friend
From Barney’s Bullets (by Barney Cargile):
There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24
“In August of 1936 a sheepherder in Ft. Benton, Montana fell ill, and died a few days later. His body was placed in a crude crate and loaded on a train heading east. There was no funeral, no stores closed, and no one came out to say good-bye…except for one faithful friend. He stood silently watching as the train doors slammed shut and the locomotive disappeared over the horizon. Then his friend returned the next day…and the next…and the next. For nearly six years the sheepherder’s faithful friend would come to the depot each day, staring at the spot where he had said good-bye. Then tragedy struck on January 12, 1942. Slipping on an icy rail, the friend fell beneath the wheels of the inbound 10:17 train. No one remembers the name of the sheepherder, but everyone around Ft. Benton knows the name of his famous friend: Shep the sheepdog.
“The faithfulness of Shep has been immortalized in Ripley’s Believe It or Not and on Paul Harvey’s radio broadcast. While alive, fan-mail poured in to the tiny post office by the hundreds. Today a bronze statue of Shep stands in Ft. Benton’s town square, honoring its most famous citizen; a tribute to a faithful friend’s devotion. How many of us could claim to have a friend this loyal? How many of us could lay claim to being this loyal of a friend? Friendship is essential to life. That’s how God designed us. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, With a friend you can face the worst.
“Years ago, Mike Correll of Atlanta, built a healthy business by literally buying friends for people. For those too busy to build friendships, he would hook you up with a BFF for a mere $1200. That speaks volumes to the relational bankruptcy of our culture. In our age where the bar of “friendship” has been brought so low that “friends” can literally be bought (in real life and on Facebook), we need to be reminded of what true friendship looks like; we need to know that friendship is still alive; we need a model of a faithful friend…even if it comes in the form of four legs and shaggy fur!”
Galen’s thoughts: What kind of a friend are you to those around you? More importantly, what kind of a friend are you to Jesus?
PRAYER: Teach us to be faithful friends. Thank you for being the greatest friend to us in our greatest need! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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