Imprisoned and awaiting execution in Rome, St Paul was visited by a loyal friend from Ephesus named Onesiphorus [2 Tim 1:16-18]. Deserted by others in his darkest hour, Paul’s friend came and brought food, news and encouragement to the prisoner.
In times of crisis friends are especially needed and valued. We may not be able to visit our friends, but we can keep in touch and share news and encouragement during this time of enforced isolation.
Let us give thanks for our friends, so that, encouraged by their example we may become better friends ourselves. Amen.