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The Blessing Of Friendships

September 2008

     Someone has said that "a true friend is one who comes in, when the entire world has gone out."
     Certainly there is truth to that saying. Lonely people may at times feel like the whole world has turned their backs on them, and forsaken them. After all, that is what loneliness is - the actual or perceived lack of friends and fellowship.
     By contrast then, a warm, firm friendship is one of the most precious gifts life can offer. Friends allow us to share a mutual joy, and they are one of the most effective barriers against loneliness. When two individuals share a trusted friendship, they enjoy each others presence. They are willing to be there for each other. There is an acceptance of each others person, with no fears or reservations.
     When a person battling loneliness comes to the place where they reach out and seek true and close friends - they are on a path that will lead them to healing and an alleviating of their lonely state.
     Sometimes a person who feels a lack of friendships is unwilling to take the risk of reaching out to make friends. And in a certain sense there is a risk. In order to establish friendships, one needs to be willing to be vulnerable, and open one's heart to another.
     If you are in such a condition - remember, friendships cannot be established without exposing oneself to this vulnerability. It is the only way - but when the steps are taken, and the seed of friendship is sown, the reaping of a harvest of great joy and fulfilment is practically assured. Oh, it is possible that something may go wrong - and you may be hurt by an attempted friendship that went wrong. But do not give up! Try again. God's proven principle is that "a man that (would have) friends must show himself friendly" (Proverbs 18:24).

- Mervin Brubacher,
   Barwick, ON
A friend loveth at all times. Proverbs 17:17

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn,
In the peace of their self-content.
There are souls that dwell like stars apart,
In their fellow-less firmament.

There are pioneer souls who blaze their paths,
Where highways never ran,
But let me live in a house by the side of the road,
And be a friend to man.

Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)