This page is dedicated to very special friends that the Lord has
blessed me with both where I live and on the internet. As a tribute
to each of them, I offer this selection of scripture and poetry.

Give Us Daily Awareness

On life's busy thoroughfares,
We meet with angels unawares --
So, Father, make us kind and wise
So we may always recognize
The blessings that are ours to take,
The friendships that are ours to make
If we but open our heart's door wide
To let the sunshine of love inside.

-- Helen Steiner Rice --

"Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to
entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:1,2


The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift
That cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
Than a mountain made of gold --
For gold is cold and lifeless,
It can neither see nor hear,
And in the time of trouble
It is powerless to cheer --
It has no ears to listen,
No heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort
Or reach out a helping hand --
So when you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if He sends
Not diamonds, pearls or riches,
But the love of real true friends.

-- Helen Steiner Rice --

"Two are better than one; because they have a good
reward for their labor. ...woe to him that is
alone when he falleth; for he hath not another
to help him up." Ecc. 4:9,10


These beautiful sentiments from Carlton Cards more
adequately express my feelings for my precious friends:

Oh, the comfort of feeling safe with a person,
having neither to weigh thoughts,
nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are, chaff and grain together;
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then with the breath of kindness
blow the rest away.

A Friend Is a Gift of God

Among the great and glorious gifts
our heavenly Father sends
that we find in loving friends,
For in this world of trouble
that is filled with anxious care
Everybody needs a friend
in whom they're free to share
The little secret heartaches
that lay heavy on their mind,
Not just a mere acquaintance
but someone who's "JUST OUR KIND" --
For, somehow, in the generous heart
of loving, faithful friends
The good God in His charity
and wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding
and the power of perception,
And mixes these fine qualities
with kindness and affection.
So when we need some sympathy
or a friendly hand to touch,
Or an ear that listens tenderly,
and speaks words that mean so much,
We seek our true and trusted friend
in the knowledge that we'll find,
A heart that's sympathetic
and an understanding mind...
And often just without a word
there seems to be a union,
Of thoughts and kindred feelings
for GOD gives TRUE FRIENDS communion.

-- Helen Steiner Rice --

"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is
born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17

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