Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Blessing of a Friend who Cares

~ by Henri Nouwen

When we honestly ask ourselves which person means the most to us, we often find that 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.

A true friend can and will be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion..

A true friend can and will stay with us in our hour of grief and bereavement..

A true friend can and will tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing..

A true friend can and will face with us the reality of our powerlessness..

Yes that indeed is a true friend, one who cares.

Yes a true friend who cares is a blessing indeed...

And remember:

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet

when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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