Get Them Talking: Friends

The Bible teaches us how friends strengthen us. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
The Bible teaches us how friends strengthen us. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking is a series of monthly resources to help families lead conversations about issues of faith during dinner, devotions, a drive or anytime .

Scripture Reading

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don’t have a companion to help them up! … one can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance. A three-ply cord doesn’t easily snap.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Common English Bible

Reflection

Have you ever looked at a rope? It isn’t made of just one string, but is a group of strings woven together. The same is true of the cables that hold up things as heavy as bridges. Not one string or cable is strong enough by itself, but when they come together they can do much more.

The Bible tells us that friends are like that. They pick us up when we fall and help us through good times and bad. It is important for each of us to have good friends and to be good friends to others. 

Get them talking

  • What are some of the qualities that are important in a friend?
  • How do good friends make us stronger?
  • When has a friend helped you up or made you happy?
  • When have you been a good friend? 

Prayer

Thank you God for the gift of our friends. Teach us how to be good friends who help make others stronger. Amen.

Activity

Throughout the month, collect pieces of string to represent your friends. As you add a string to the collection, tell why that friend is important. Then at the end of the month, use those strings to make a strong cord.

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This devotional was first posted on May 28, 2019.