"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin." 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
"None of us can make it alone. God never meant us to. All the spiritual exercises in the world, no matter how good, will not help us to live victoriously without this connection. It is imperative that we stay connected in wholesome, healthy relationships to safe people as well as to God."
I received this in my email, but don't know where it originated, at least not humanly. It absolutely originated in the heart of God spiritually. I thank God every day for all of the wonderful, safe people He has placed in my life. As we connect to each other we're like a strong chain link fence that keeps out the things that attempt to defeat us. We form a fabric of intricate and colorful design with our differences contrasting each other, bringing out more beauty than if we were on our own. We become a puzzle that's incomplete with any one piece missing. My safe people connect me not only to them but to God. They encourage me to seek Him always, and often He speaks to me through them.
During this time of financial lack I am rich beyond measure because I am wealthy in friends. We are knit together for all eternity. Through them I am constantly reminded of the things that are really important in life. Time with them is a taste of heaven. Thank you Heavenly Father for each and every one of them.