I don’t remember how old I was—hopefully not all that old, but I remember very vivid details about this particular day in my childhood. I was with my usual group of friends playing basketball. Though I don’t remember exactly what happened, we got into an argument. In the heat of the argument, I did something really foolish. I announced to the group, “I’m going home. I don’t need any friends anymore.” At that announcement, I literally took, as the cliché says, “my ball and went home.” In less than an hour, I was miserable. Thankfully, partly out of the fact that my friends were miserable also and partly because I had the ball, they came to get me.
We might say we don’t need any friends, but the truth is: We need each other! We need each other every day, but most of all, we need each other for the overwhelming moments of life. Job’s friends set the backdrop for the lesson today. The irony about Job’s friends is that they also show us all the wrong things about friendship. Let’s start the