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The best kind of friend

September 26, 2012

The calendar is telling me that it’s my birthday month. (I have a rule that if 5 friends forget it, then I don’t have to count it. This year the calendar wins.)

That calendar event reminds me to pause and count the gifts that have filled my life. Some of the sweetest gifts that God gives me are the friends that He weaves in and out of my life. This is true.

“What makes a good friend?” Here’s what I think: a good friend helps us be aware of Him.

I recently found this description in a book – which was a gift from a dear friend.

Not merely in the words you say

Not only in the deeds confessed

But in the most unconscious way

It is expressed.

Is it a beatific smile?

A holy light upon the brow?

Oh no, I felt his Presence while

You laughed just now.


For me was not the truth you taught

To you so clear to me still dim

But when you come to me you brought

A sense of him

And from your eyes he beckoned me

And from your heart his love is shed

Till I lose sight of you and see

The Christ instead.

Kathleen Chambers (quoted from “Searching for Mrs. Oswald Chambers” by Martha Christian published by Tyndale House)

Such friends are priceless gifts – no matter what the calendar says –  

it has always been so!

Image of Elizabeth and Mary found at the following website and is titled “Mary and Elizabeth” by Corby Eisbacher.

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