Bethany was a small town, two miles outside of Jerusalem. The city was the home of three of Christ’s friends—Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Aside from that fact, the town was pretty insignificant. Bethany didn’t have great historical, political, or even religious importance, but Jesus seemed to go out of His way to get there. I wonder why?
Bethany was a place of refuge for Jesus. It was a place where people He loved wanted to share moments of worship with Him. Bethany was the place where Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear the vulnerable places of His heart. Jesus must have loved being in Bethany because it was a place where He could both give and receive love.
Jesus has this same desire for His relationship with you. Christ longs for you and your family to be His Bethany; He longs for you to be the place where He can give and receive love.
Dear one, I am hoping that you will be my Bethany. I am hoping to have a special, one-of-a-kind friendship with you. I want to share my joy with you. I want to share the things that have saddened my heart with you. Just like in Bethany, I want to lavishly give and receive love from you. I am ready to share closeness and vulnerable moments just with you.