Sandy Redfearn

A fervent heart ~ for God's presence. A teacher ~ with an ear for God’s voice.
A woman of prayer ~ with a prophetic message.
A Coach ~ with a passionate heart to awaken purpose.

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND?

 One might wonder what this article has to do with CHRISTMAS?
When considering all the wonderful options to write about during
this season of Hope, Promise, and Expectation, my thoughts were racing
to find “The” perfect WORD to deliver, to a generation that is searching for
relationship, security, significance, acceptance, and love.
As usual, God is so faithful to share His thoughts with a listening ear.


Songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote these lyrics:
Ah, Look at all the lonely people
Where do they all come from?


How can this be, in a world of social networking where daily invitations to become a friend
await our response?  With a click of a key we can accept or ignore such requests. 
Founded in 2004 one of the largest social networking company was born; Facebook.
According to the company more than 800 million users are looking for a friend.
Over 50% actively log on to Facebook in any given day, and the average user has 130 friends.

The purpose of this social network is to help people communicate more efficiently with friends.
But we are still lonely? 
Facebook has become the instant friend of our century. Love it or hate it. 
The fastest growing demographic in America on Facebook is women 55+.  Go figure?
All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
Recently, someone shared an honest response; to the many Happy Birthday wishes she received this year.  “I haven’t heard from most of these people since high school.  It was nice but
it really didn’t mean much to me.” 

“Face Time” seems to be a shallow stream to a generation desperately searching for meaningful relationships.  Could we have sacrificed real face time for something that promises connection but leaves us so disconnected and uncommitted?  

Christmas is the Birthday of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Have you had face time with Him lately?  
God spoke to Moses face to face in Exodus 33:11 and called him a friend.  “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
There is not a friend like Jesus!  He is a forever friend who longs to speak to man face to face.
He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  He is a friend who knows the secrets of our heart and still desires to be “our friend”. One based upon a commitment of everlasting proportion. He will love us at our best and our worst. The great thing about this friend, we don’t have to get up every morning and check to see if He has un-friended us.
Jesus is a Friend who longs to celebrate the gift of His Presence in our life 365 days a year.
He is a Friend who is looking for more than a “Happy Birthday Jesus” connection on His birthday.  Jesus is looking to fill our life with real relationship.  Need a friend?  Leave the lonely-hearts social networking and have real face time with Jesus.  
You’ve Got A FRIEND!

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