Friendship is one of the most important things this world has to offer us. But, it’s not just of this world. Jesus also offered us friendship. A friend is someone you can count on. Stop and think how amazing it is. Just like your friends here on earth now, Jesus is our friend. We can call and talk to Him any time of day or night without having to worry about waking Him. He sits with and comforts us at the hospital when a loved one is sick, when we have to see a Dr. or lawer He’s right there with us, He even goes on fun vacations and shopping trips with us. My lovley mother always told me “Curt, you can’t have too many friends.” (see dedication for “Deep Roots”)
If you have any doubts about Jesus being your friend read John 15:12-17. As always the Bible lays it right on the line for us. Enjoy this excerpt from my book “Deep Roots“. The story is titled “Friendship Lane” and shows us that there are solutions to every dispute.
To tell you the story of “The Friendship Lane,” I must take you there. So let’s walk together to an overgrown path in the woods. Most people will walk right by this narrow passageway and never notice it, but it always catches my attention because of what it means.
It is located just east of Dry Creek Camp’s property line. It is a ten-foot wide strip between two barbed wire fences. This path separates the land between the pioneer homesteads of Sereno Hanchey and Lionel Green. These two men, now dead for many years, were descendants of some of the earliest settlers of Dry Creek.
Mr. Rufus Hanchey, Sereno Hanchey’s son, took me to “The Friendship Lane” just before he died. As we stood there, he related the following story:
“Curt, at some point many years ago, there was a difference of opinion between the Hanchey and Green families over where the property line, running east and west. Each family claimed ownership on land that reached over into the other’s present field. Because no fence marked the dividing line, the actual land line was open to dispute.”
Mr. Rufus continued, “My dad and Lionel Green had always been good friends, and they valued their friendship more than any piece of land—and showed it by their subsequent actions. They met at the very spot we are now standing and came up with a solution for this problem. They declared the disputed ten-foot wide strip a “neutral zone.”
Each man would build a fence on his respective side of the strip. Together, they agreed on using the strip as a pathway on which neither family would claim ownership. Due to this arrangement, both families were satisfied and no further problem ever occurred.”