My Best Friend in the Whole World!
We're raising 3 grandchildren (for the most part). One of them turns 5 shortly. We attended a gathering held some friends from our local congregation, and one of our nice young people, age 17, took him "under his wing."
Jonas talked to the young guy until his shyness went away, then he loaned him his recently acquired "fidget" to my grandson's delight (he had misplaced his own). The two were together a good hour or two, and by the time we left, my grandson outspokenly declared,
"Jonas is my best friend in the whole world!"
How many teenagers do you know who would have gone to the trouble to draw out a youngster when other teenagers were present? Such qualities do not appear spontaneously. It is the role of the parents to do the best they can to instill them.
Needless to say, I felt the urge to thank him and his parents. And this encourages them to show further consideration. On another note, it reminds me of the deep and life-long friendship of Saul's son Jonathan and the young David, who would one day be Saul's replacement as king. That friendship prospered despite the fact that Jonathan was not made king in his father's place.
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