Dear friend who walked away from Jesus,
I miss you.
I miss our conversations and our fun times. I miss laughing together and learning about Jesus together.
I am not sure why we drifted apart, but I think about you constantly. I see your posts on social media. I see how you have chosen to live your life, and it hurts me deeply. Can’t you see, sweet friend, that Jesus is the only one who can fill your emptiness?
I don’t know much about you anymore. I don’t know how your family is or how school is going or where you spend your time. But I know you. I read your captions on Instagram about your depression and emptiness. I see your posts about your boyfriend and your gym selfies, and I know that you aren’t happy.
You used to speak about the great things God is doing in your life. Now you talk about your self-sufficiency and how your determination got you through hard times.
I am deeply sorry for not speaking truth to you when I still had the chance. You see, I was afraid that telling you that you were wrong would ruin our friendship. So, like a coward, I ignored the things in your life that God says are wrong. I am sorry for giving up on our friendship.
It’s not too late for you to turn back to Jesus. Like the father of the prodigal son, He is standing there with His arms wide open if only you will confess your sins and run to Him. He is the only One who can heal your brokenness, fill your emptiness, and give you purpose. I pray every day that you would turn back to Him, no matter what it takes.
I love you, sweet friend. The God of the universe loves you even more. The world will never fulfill you.
*this letter was not directed at one individual, but to several precious friends who have walked away from Jesus