"Beloved: We have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." - 1 John 5:14
“The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice." – John 3:29
The Gospel today describes John the Baptist as the “best man” or good friend who stands beside Jesus, pointing people to the one who is most important. I’ve never been a best man, but I have been a maid of honor, bridesmaid, acolyte, or lector in many weddings of loved ones.
I can open my closet and see an accumulation of dresses, shoes, and accessories that have been worn just once. Although these “attendant” purchases never seem to be items that fit me right or what I would choose myself, they serve as reminders of days where I was privileged to stand beside and rejoice greatly with a dear friend.
I imagine God being that friend willing to stand beside me, no matter how ridiculous and ill-fitting the outfit. The bigger challenge for me is whether I am willing to go outside my comfort zone to be that best friend for God.
God, how might I befriend you even more today? Are you inviting me to stretch myself and love more freely?