Closer Than a Brother

A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

My new book, Walking with Lambs is a story about friends and how friendships shape our lives. This week the print version came out and filled with color photographs to put faces with the names of these special people who have walked with me through thirty-five years of nursing home ministry. Today’s verse reminds us that God has a friend for us who is closer than any brother here on earth. In the middle of the muddle of 21st century life, we sometimes need to stop and remind ourselves that He alone is our closest friend. He sticks with us through hard times and sickness, through aging and isolation. There are no doors that can keep Him out nor walls that He cannot pass through. That is the wonderful message we have to bring to our friends who are in long term care. Jesus has given His life so that we could be called His friends. That makes the ground level at the foot of the cross. Passing through the doors of a nursing home, helps us to realize that we are all weak, fragile and in need of help. Though their own family may never visit, and no friends come to call, we have the privilege to come and by God’s grace learn how to be a friend, who, like Jesus, will stick closer than a brother!

If you would like to know more about Walking With Lambs you can find the listing here:

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

One thought on “Closer Than a Brother”

  1. Reblogged this on praise2worshipdotnet and commented:

    As I promised last week, the print version has now been released. With dozens of color photographs to put faces with the stories of my friends you will be amazed at the variety of people who are considered in need of long-term care. From two to one hundred years old, my friends have come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and every one of them a special blessing!


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