There’s a 2nd grader named Christian who got called Today Show’s Matt Lauer’s, “new favorite kid.” Christian felt bad for kids in his class who had no one to play with on the playground, so he asked his principal to help him make a buddy bench. “The way the buddy bench works is if students feel lonely on the playground without anything to do, they can go to the buddy bench, and another student will come to the bench and ask if they want to play or talk. If two people are sitting at the bench, they could ask each other if they want to play.” This melted my heart and stayed on my mind all day. The bible says, “Two are better off than one,” in Ecclesiastes 4:9. Christian probably didn’t know he was living out a nudge God has put in all of us–to not do life alone–but I bet God smiled at Christian’s response to it. If God has always existed in a commune of three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and if, in the beginning, God created a friend for Adam, and if Solomon exhorted (4000 years ago) that two are better than one, then it makes a pretty solid case that we need each other. This Christmas, my prayer is for people who feel alone. I know the Buddy Bench is for kids and school. But truly, it is also for adults and church. I pray that lonely people who enter God’s House are greeted by people who are there, waiting…to call them friend. And I pray that as they take a seat when service is about to startimage, that God bring a buddy to their bench.

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