“An Unfailing Friendship” (The Hymn Series: part 4)

Scottie loves his job, unlike 85% of Americans. I got to ride with him to watch him perform his occupation one summer day.

He didn’t just put mail from the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the boxes of his customers. He put smiles on the faces of a diverse group of socio-economic people. But they didn’t just smile, they talked to him. He is their friend. As he drove his mail truck, he told me about their personal lives. He knows them. They are his friends.

When Scottie and I walked into a liquor store to deliver their mail, a stranger came up to him and asked for money. He immediately pulled out his wallet and put a buck in the man’s hand. Scottie knew no one could buy alcohol with a dollar. He told me he saves gifts all year which he gives to his customers during the Christmas season.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/proverbs-of-friendship/

When I backed Scottie up while he was on vacation some of his customers showed a real concern for me. There’s no air conditioning in the trucks and I wasn’t feeling well due to the August heat. My head ached, and sweat poured down my face.  

Two men came out from their apartments and walked to my truck. One man gave me a cold can of Coke, while another gave me a bottle of water and orange juice. “We appreciate what the USPS does,” each of them said.

I knew they didn’t have much so I humbly thanked them, drank, and cried, as I pulled away to continue delivering the mail. Scottie gave his customers real friendship. They offered it to me. I’ll never forget it!

But what if you don’t have a “Scottie” in your life? It’s been said that if you have as many real friends as the fingers on one hand, you’re rich. I used to have five. One of them is with Jesus. I’ve learned Jesus is my best friend. He will never leave me and He won’t leave you, although the cards dealt to you might make you feel otherwise.

Did a man named Joseph Scriven feel deserted? “He watched in shock as the body of his fiancée was pulled from the lake. Their wedding had been planned for the next day. Reeling from the tragedy, he made up his mind to immigrate to America. Ten years later, he received word that his mother was facing a crisis so he wrote a hymn to comfort her called “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” But tragedy struck a second time when Joseph’s bride, Eliza Catherine Roche, contracted tuberculosis and died in 1860 before their wedding could take place.” (Then Sings My Soul, Robert J. Morgan)

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Will you let Jesus come in although your life may not make sense right now?

Click bottom left arrow for video of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (pictures courtesy of “Nelson & his Nikon”)

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