There is a sweet camaraderie in the presence of friends. As I write this, I’m on the end of a mini-vacation visiting a friend who moved 1100 miles (1770 km) from my home town. As I planned for my trip, thoughts stirred about friendship.
I reflected on what makes a good friend and looked at what others had to say. Please enjoy this selection of quotes that exude insight and wisdom on the topic.
“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself …” – C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – King Solomon, (Proverbs 18:24, NKJV)
Dear Reader, do you treasure the relationships of good friends? Most important do you know and have a relationship with the friend King Solomon speaks of? The lyrics of the hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus still hold true. If you’re unfamiliar with that classic enjoy the rendition below. Learning the story behind the inspiration provides extra richness and the link below does just that.
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Almighty Father, thank you for providing a wonderful friend in Jesus. Transform my heart to be such a friend to others. Help me to love like Jesus loved. Amen.
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