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Words from the Pastors - Paul Weisser

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A Matter of Friendship

by Paul Weisser

A number of years ago I had the interesting experience of being present in the courtroom for the high-profile trial of NHLer Marty McSorley in Vancouver. And while the trial took weeks there is really only one point that I remember vividly.

It was about mid-way through the proceedings and from my seat in the second row I noticed an empty chair right in front of me. This chair had been unoccupied for the entire trial and I began to wonder who it was for. I got my answer the next day.

When everyone filed into the room in the morning our empty chair was no longer empty. I found myself staring at the back of the head of the Great One himself. Wayne Gretzky.

But why is that such a big deal? I asked around and discovered that McSorley had been holding that seat open for his friend Wayne the entire time, just hoping that he would show up.

As I reflect on the idea of friendship and what it means to care for someone, I ask myself two questions.

First, do I have a friend or someone in my life who I can count on to hold me up, to come alongside me no matter the circumstances I find myself. Someone I can rely on. I hope we can all say yes to that question. I know I can.

But more importantly, am I the type of person who will hold up a friend, will show them support no matter what is going on around us? I hope we can all say yes to that as well.

God has given us special people in our lives for a reason. We get to support, and be supported by them.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!’

Now Wayne Gretzky showed up to show his friendship and support to Marty McSorley and he didn’t even have to say a word. The two only exchanged a brief hello in the courtroom, but you could see how much it meant to McSorley to have his friend present.

God instructs us to be encouraging to one another and to support one another in our friendship.