God. Abba. Father.
Today we thank you for our spiritual family. You can take people from all walks of life, with varied backgrounds, from all over the world, and bring them together as a family. Only you can do that.
It is special. It is an anointing. You have set aside people in this world with whom we can have extraordinary relationships. Thank you for community. We cannot live without friends with whom we can share deeply. Thank you for encouraging words, unconditional love, and shoulders to cry upon.
It is life-giving. Thank you for putting people in our lives who will challenge us, teach us, and hold us accountable for our actions. We cannot grow into maturity without people who will put their arm around us and guide us.
You have created us to be together with one another. Please give us unique friendships. Ones that are deeper than blood relatives. Ones where we flourish side by side. And please give us mentors that will pour their wisdom and experience into us. Allow us to do the same for others who may be less seasoned than we are.
It is good. It is pleasant. It is wonderful. It is beautiful. It is special. It is as you have planned. Thank you for friends.
Thank you for the greatest friend we have. The One who gave his life for us. Jesus.
In His name we pray.