A Prayer for When You Feel Left Out By Emily Rose Massey
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24, NIV).
Recently, I had trouble getting passed some disappointment of not being invited to a special wedding with some younger friends from our church. I found myself growing jealous and resentful when I saw photos of who else was invited. “What! They haven’t known them as long as we have, and they were invited!” I mentioned my frustrations to my husband, and he encouraged me to talk to God about it so it didn’t begin to affect my heart to the point where I became embittered towards our friends. In times like these, it is very easy for offense to take root, and if we are not careful, we begin to see and treat people differently. Even though it wasn’t the end of the world that we didn’t receive an invitation to this occasion, it was very obvious and simple to me- I was still dealing with rejection, and this situation triggered it once again. I felt left out. I was transported back to 6th grade when I spent many days in the cafeteria sitting by myself, eating my lunch alone because I wasn’t asked to sit by anyone. Yet, in this disappointment, I was reminded that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
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