“The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter and his brother, Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee and his brother, John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.  Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.  Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’.”  Matthew 10:2-7

The apostles of Jesus were His helpers, confidants and trustees. He passed on to them the task of spreading the Good News after He ascended to the Father in heaven.  They are His friends who, with the exception of Judas Iscariot, remained true to Him until the end.  His friends were unique in their own ways, but they focused on the same mission.  Their love, loyalty and dedication to our Lord is an example for us to follow too.

We may not have apostles, but we do have friends.  Some of us have a few, others a lot.  But one thing is certain.  We can never live alone.

By midlife, we may have already met our Peter or Thomas.  Maybe our Matthew or John . Or our Judas Iscariot.

When we look back to the past, there was always at least one friend during the best times and the worst.  

I remember one conversation I had with my daughter while I checked  my mobile phone.  I asked myself why is it that the older you get, the shorter the contacts list becomes.  My daughter who was fourteen that time, remarked that it was good.  She went on to say now you know who your true friends are.

Note that on top of the list on are my husband, my daughter and son. So consider your family as your best, true friends.  But there is one Best Friend who is not listed, because His line is invisible and unlimited.  We don’t even need a phone to talk to Him.  His name is JESUS- our BFF (best friend forever). 

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