For the Love of Friends

For the Love of Friends

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
 
I recommend reading John 15 again.
 
Samuel Stennett, a Seventh Day Baptist wrote the hymn “Heaven Anticipated” in 1787. It later became known as “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks.” The sentiment in this hymn comforted a twenty-one-year old Civil War spy, Sam Davis. Sam was one of Coleman’s scouts. He was seized in Giles County Tennessee and jailed. His captors promised to spare his life if he would reveal the identity of the mysterious “Coleman.” Sam refused and was given the death sentence. Unknown to the Yankee soldiers, “Coleman” was Dr. H. B. Shaw, who was being held in the adjacent cell. Sam sang the hymn above the night before being put to death. There is a monument to Sam Davis at the Tennessee State Capitol with the above Bible verse underneath it.
 
My prayer for the week: Dear Lord we are blessed with Your love and the love of friends. How we perceive and value our friendships is the treasury of the Holy Spirit in each of us. Help each of us to cherish each of our friends and hold them in our hearts as we face challenges together. Praise God for the glory of the loving hearts of our friends. Amen