My children's birthdays are usually celebrated here at Ransom Road, but Jaden & Joseph's recent birthdays came to pass during a significant blogging break... so allow me to make up for that...
Proverbs 18.24 says this:
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
That whole "there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" business... you know what? If the Bible itself hadn't said it, I'd never believe it.
I'd throw the flag and declare it to be obvious nonsense. Then I'd throw in a few choice synonyms for good measure: hogwash, balderdash, baloney, rubbish, silly talk, prattle, rot, hooey, and tripe. And maybe even poppycock, tomfoolery, malarky, and gibberish.
It's impossible to imagine a friend sticking closer to anyone than Jaden sticks to Joseph or than Joseph sticks to Jaden. They are literally growing up with their very best buddy Right. Next. To. Them. All. The. Time.
And it's awesome. I love these two knuckleheads more than I can describe. Even with my obvious mastery of synonyms.
Jaden & Joseph, I pray you always know and rejoice in the steadfastness and constancy of your richly hilarious and deeply moving friendship with one another.
And I pray you always encourage one another to follow Christ intensely and intentionally -- with all heart, soul, mind, and strength.