Rock & Roll and the Good News: Episode #6 – Friendship Part 1

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Episode #6: Friendship Part 1

Today’s episode starts with a song from Joe Cocker, With A Little Help From My Friends.

Please spend a few minutes listening to any version you can find on the internet.


Welcome back…

I hope you enjoyed that song. Although Joe Cocker is not necessarily a household name, the chorus of “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends” has resonated throughout generations as an anthem to remind us that with some friends at our side, we can endure just about anything. The bonds of friendship help to bring emotional, mental, and physical strength to us so we can meet the day-to-day challenges we all face.  

The song helps us all reconnect with the truth that we all needs others in our lives to help reach our full potential. Even though we all may be conditioned to think that we need to demonstrate our “toughness” and endure the challenges of life on our own, the truth is that we all need some close friends to join us in our journey to be our best for those we care about most at home, in our workplace and in our community.

When we look into the ancient scriptures, we find there are some wonderful examples of friendships that can be good reminders to all of us about the importance of friends. These examples will help to encourage us to be a friend to those in need and also ask friends for support when we are struggling. The story of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20 is a wonderful story of friendship that we should become familiar with (please find a version of this scripture on the internet).  

The backdrop of this situation is that David has grown into a strong warrior and great leader after he killed the giant Goliath as a young boy.  David is growing in popularity throughout all of Israel and Saul, the present King of Israel, has grown very jealous of David. Saul begins to make several attempts to kill David and remove him from contention to be the next king.

Saul’s son Jonathan became a close friend to David. Jonathan realizes that his father has become a selfish jealous king. He grows to love and appreciate the leadership and potential of David and makes a commitment to protect him. Jonathan displays a great ability to manage loyalty to his father King Saul while also looking out for and protecting his friend David.

As the story unfolds, Jonathan routinely listens to his father’s plans to kill David and then sneaks off to tell David what is about to happen so David can avoid these dangerous situations.  Throughout many of these encounters, David and Jonathan grow deep in their bond of friendship. David, even though he has become a mighty warrior and great leader with thousands of men loyally serving at his side, he realizes he needs the bonds of close friendship to reach his full potential. David and Jonathan both come to realize how important friendship is to a fulfilling life.

David and Jonathan also come to realize that the king is very powerful and these secret meetings and their friendship will eventually be found out. They agree to go their separate ways so Jonathan can serve his father and David can build his support to be the next king of Israel. However, they make a bond that they will always remain friends and look out for each other for the rest of their lives. Their commitment is perfectly described in 1 Samuel 20 verse 42.

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

The message of friendship we find in the story of David and Jonathan highlights the need of all of us to have a close friend to help us reach our full potential. It also highlights that we need to be a friend to others and can’t just exist in this world looking out for only ourselves. It is important in the journey of our lives that we learn to serve others in the bonds of friendship. God demonstrates his friendship to us and we need to demonstrate that friendships to others around us.

Take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

  • Who do I have in my close friendship circle that I can call on in times of need?
  • When have I been a friend to someone in need and what was the outcome for them and me?

As you continue along in your journey, please remember that we all cannot be our best in this world when we are all alone. Close friends are critical to share our joys and lessen our sorrows. If you find yourself in a dark valley today, please remember that (1) God promises and is always faithful to be our friend who sticks “closer than a brother” and we should call on Him in our time of need (2) Please reach out to a close friend to talk things through and please consider me as one of your friends today.

As you continue to reflect on the message, please take a moment to search the internet to find and listen to Bruce Springsteen sing, When You Need Me.        


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