The Power of Friendship

Sara Leo

READ : Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. (v. 1 NIV)

The Harry Potter books are stories about the struggle between good and evil. But within
that larger struggle, many smaller themes develop. One of those themes is friendship.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet each other on their first train ride to school. They bond
instantly and for the next seven years become inseparable. Even though Harry is credited
with doing many incredible things, he never manages any of them without the help of his
friends. And despite the fact that the story deals with apocalyptic situations and events,
the darkest times are when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are fighting or have become distant
from each other. Being alone makes everything worse. Being together makes everything more
bearable.

Popular culture tells many tales about romantic love, but it is rare to find a
beautiful story of friendship. In The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis uplifts friendship because
it is a love we choose that is not essential to our survival. He writes that friendship is
“one of those things which give value to survival.” Harry, Ron, and Hermione consistently
put their friendship ahead of their own personal well-being. When we choose to value each
other like this, we honor the God who created friendship. How good and pleasant it is when
friends live together in unity.

PRAYER

Lord, put true friends in our lives and help us to cherish them.