Jesus calls us friends.
It adds a weight of responsibility
because in friendship
we work out our differences.
In friendship we travel
 the road together and not alone.
In friendship we lift up
concerns together,
we rejoice together when there is joy.
In friendship we listen closely
to our differences
instead of walking out
because we don't agree.
In friendship there is a depth
of knowing when to just be
and listen.
In friendship we laugh, cry, listen,
and break bread,
knowing the depths
of our common humanity.
Knowing we are on
the same road
and maybe have a little
different perspective.
In friendship we are bound together.