I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know the master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from God
I have made known to you.
My Savior I praise,
and give thanks.
My Lord I learn from and obey.
But my Friend, my friend Jesus
Comrade through the hard times,
who never left me, I love you,
nor will I leave you
in your troubles.
Companion on the Long Way,
who knows my struggles,
we will break the bread of this life,
every loaf for both of us,
Partner in the Great Work,
shoulder to shoulder,
we sustain each other.
We need each other.
We enjoy our company.
Friend Jesus, I give you my hand
in your healing, your welcome, your forgiveness.
I give you my heart
in your struggle, your pain, your loneliness,
for your sake, because I love you,
my dear beloved friend,
that your journey may go well today.
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