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Being a Witness is Being a Friend

Denise Robinson learned through her 2-year-old granddaughter that being a witness doesn't have to be scary:

My daughter Stephanie and 2-year-old granddaughter Sarah were at an Easter party at the Army post where Steph’s husband is currently stationed. The event was filled with fun events for children including a bounce house.

Sarah LOVED the bounce house. She would jump for a little while, run to her mommy to check in and then go right back in the bounce house. On one occasion, she came out of the bounce house and, instead of running to her mommy, ran in the opposite direction.

Naturally, Steph ran after her calling “Sarah, where are you going?” Sarah plopped down next to an 8-year-old little girl. When Steph caught up, she asked, “Sarah, what are you doing?” Sarah replied, “I came to sit by my new friend.”

Steph introduced herself to the little girl who had befriended Sarah in the bounce house. The little girl’s name was Alyssa, which Sarah particularly liked since that is her aunt’s name also. The three of them visited for a bit and then it was time to leave.

As Steph and Sarah were walking away, Sarah turned around and called out, “Thank you for being my friend!”

  

The rest of the day, Sarah spoke often of her new friend, Alyssa. “Thank you for being my friend.” Young Alyssa didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. She was just nice to a little girl.

Our Membership Covenant at Trietsch includes the following:

“I Covenant to love God through my WITNESS.”  

Most of us cringe at the word “witness.” But isn’t witness just being extra nice to someone and extending the hand of friendship? Once we have reached out in friendship, we can invite our new friend to church, or Bible study or we can listen and share our faith stories.

And along the way, someone might just say, “Thank you for being my friend.” Take a moment today to thank someone who has been a friend to you.

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