Thursday, June 05, 2008

heart of gold

When we honestly ask ourselves
which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who,
instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures,
have chosen rather
to share our pain and touch our wounds
with a gentle and tender hand.
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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 with us
the reality of our powerlessness,
that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen

8 comments:

Pauline said...

A true friend indeed. Thank you!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, I love this. And it is so very true. Those are the times when one needs a TRUE friend the most...And it is such a gift when one has this...! The true Gift Of Friendship!

Joy Des Jardins said...

How beautiful....flower...and words.

Bob said...

Love the picture, Lea. Nice flower.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I just re-read this and it is the absolute BEST description of a ttue friend I think I have ever read!

I am so glad you enjoy my posts, my dear....They come from my heart and so it is always a joy when people "get" it, and me....!

twilite said...

naomi: thank you...my joy to know you and be regarded your friend on the virtual.

Pauline said...

hoping to post some cheerful pictures soon...take good care my friend.

twilite said...

pauline: thank you.