This a sermon by the Rev. Geoff Usher.
Life is a gift.
We have life – not because we made it, but because we received it. Life was given to us through other people: through our parents, and their parents, and the countless generations of ancestors from whom we are
descended through all those who lived in ancient times and through our friends, to whom we turn for companionship, with whom we share the beauty, the pleasures, the trials and the pain which life in all its richness brings to us.
Blood is thicker than water, but the bonds of true friendship go beyond those of family – they are different because they are voluntary.
We cannot choose our relatives: we get them as part of the package deal when we are born. But we can choose our friends. And – the ultimate compliment – others may choose us to be their friends
This thought provoking talk can be read in full here.