Thursday, January 12, 2006

On Friendship

I've a close friend who sent me this in May 2004, when our friendship first begun. Now a cut, a strain through this journey (of friendship), yet I believe in redemption, because God is in the business of redemption & reconciliation. To Eva.

A true friend never gets in your way
Unless you happen to be going down
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it

A friend in need is a friend indeed
A friend will joyfully sing with you
When you’re on the mountaintop
And silently walk beside you through the valley

True friendship is like sound health
The value of it is seldom known until it be lost
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends
But in the worth and choice

Close your eyes to the fault of others
And watch the doors of friendship swing wide
Be cautious in choosing friends
And be even more cautious in changing them

A real friend warms you by his presence
Trusts you with his secrets
And remembers you in his prayers
A real friend will tell you when you have primacy stuck in your teeth

You will never have a friend
If you must have one without a fault
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure
Because of all the things granted us by wisdom
None is greater or better than friendship

We are on the wrong track when we think of friendship
As something to get rather than something to give
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
Cannot hide it from themselves
All that us cherishing in this world begin in the heart

May 2004

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