This week at Parkside, we celebrate friendship. Jesus tells his disciples, “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” There is something special about our friends. A friend offers us a place of safety where we can be real, without worry of judgment or shame.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” Only a friend sifts through our various forms of stupid to keep what is worth keeping and blow the rest away with a spirit of kindness. But my favorite word about friendship is offered by civil rights activist, Deray McKesson, who wrote, “If you’re love requires me to hide parts of who I am, then you don’t love me. Love is never a request for silence.” A friend loves every part of us, and never requests silence from your heart. Which leads me to one final word offered by Emerson, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” We welcome you to join us in this celebration of friendship, where we learn about the wonderful gift of friendship and celebrate it by being good friends.