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June 2, 2016 I sat beside my wife during the funeral service thinking about the many old friends who sat near us. We were there to remember Bernice who had been one of those old friends. 34 years earlier I had joined the staff of the Putnam City Baptist Church where Sherri and I found some of the best friends we have ever had. Bernice and her husband, Charlie, were among those friends.

We are part of a group of six couples from Putnam City who have celebrated New Years Eve nearly every year since we all got together so long ago. Sherri and me, Charlie and Bernice, and the Coys, Staffords, Harris’, and Browns had my ministry in common. They each volunteered in the church in some phase of ministry I was responsible for. Some of the group had known each other since childhood. Terry Coy and I met in college. We shared life, kids, and ministry. Those days were very special to me.

I suppose the group will continue to celebrate New Years Eve but it will be very different without Bernice. We have scattered over the years. That is one reason we continue to get together at least that one time each year. I left Putnam City after nine years on staff to run a counseling ministry. Terry and Sandy Coy moved to Fort Worth. Two other couples left Putnam City for other churches. But through the years we have remained friends. Why? Because all of life boils down to relationships and friends are worth keeping. It does take some effort to maintain relationships. Proverbs 27:10 urges us to “never abandon a friend.” Charlie needed his friends around him today, and we were there. We were there for him, and we were there for each other.

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17


One Comment

  1. It’s good hearing from you. I have found in my relationship with Joella, what I have been searching for, for such a long time. God has been faithful and I have realized his friendship.

    Your old friend
    Sam Bass

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