Gleanings: The Immeasurable Value of Friends

Henri Nouwen has written about the immeasurable value of friends….

A friend is more than a therapist or a confessor, even though a friend can sometimes heal us and offer us God’s forgiveness.

A friend is that other person with whom we can share our solitude, our silence, and our prayer.  A friend is that other person with whom we can look at a tree and say, “Isn’t that beautiful,” or sit on the beach and silently watch the sun disappear under the horizon.  With a friend we don’t have to say or do something special.  With a friend we can be still and know that God is there with both of us.   Bread for the Journey, March 23.

I am blessed to have had Jeannie for my “best friend” for more than 42 years (counting our courtship).  Because of her, these words are REAL to me.  But as she and I get older, we are further discovering that, other than God, friends are the most-precious gifts we have.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Gleanings: The Immeasurable Value of Friends

  1. Sue Brady says:

    You are right on the money where friendship is concerned. Someone you can “be yourself” with, that’s what a friend is, and the fact that we know that God is there too, well that is a gimmee! Thanks for this Steve!

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