I am blessed with deep, abiding friendships in my life. They are an oasis when my life has been dry and cracked with my own intensity. They have been a cool and refreshing drink of clean, clear water when my heart was burned from its loving passions. When I was ills and alone, one visited and sat with me even when I could not remember his presence. Another was always there by my side providing kinship, camaraderie and whatever was needed. Others ensured by freedom as I explained the mysteries of my existence. Many others waited patiently as I searched for truth in creative adventures that led me back to their trusted friendship. I have prayed in my "dark nights of the soul" waiting to hear God's voice.
Honest, loving friends are parts of your soul. They soften the harshness of the world. Friendship, in ancient German, means "place of high safety." This safety, this friendship, opens us to God.