When we honestly ask ourselves
which person in our lives means the most 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.
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

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  1. This says it all. I say thank you for your input so freely and willingly into my growth as a person and as a Christian. May St Patrick’s Day treat you well today and always.

  2. Hi Jonie
    Thanks for sharing some of Henri Nouwen’s insight with me! They’re deep words, and speak of “quiet action” that is so hard for us humans to do ..
    My pastor’s wife, who is also an ordained pastor, once lent me a book with some of Henri Nouwen’s writings, so when I received this one today I emailed it on to her, so that she could be blessed by his words again. xx

  3. well, this sure sounds like a very special person i know and that would be you. you are that special friend and i am blessed to have you a part of my life. LL

  4. It is good to have a loyal friend, we must take care as a treasure, Jesus is my best friend, never fails me.

  5. God has blessed me with wonderful friends as you Joni, thank you for all you share, and have a safe and happy day .

  6. So true! This is what I have been doing last week and this week every day! What true and lovely words! xxxx for my sis

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