True friendship

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean 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.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face us with the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

—Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    I just bought a book about Henri Nouwen. I am looking forward to reading it. I love what he says. It is the quiet, the still, the small voice loving us through thick and thin.

    1. Amy says:

      Amen, Carol. He is a wise man, I think. Have you read Genesee Diary or Bread for the Journey? I think I need to reread them.

      1. Carol says:

        No, I have not. I researched both books, the Bread For The Journey sounds wonderful. It would make a great Christmas present. Thanks for that.

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