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Monday, December 16, 2019

Your Dying Spouse 710 - Confidante

Barb and I were talking about this; we all need someone who'll listen, someone who will hear us out, and not judge.

As Proverbs 27:17 put it, Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Everybody needs someone
in whom they can confide;
someone who can face the sum
of us, and not go run and hide.
Everybody needs a friend
who'll listen to a broken heart,
and in the silence help to mend
that which has been torn apart.
Everybody needs a pal
who will stay and lend a hand
to repair a wrecked and fallen wall
even though he may not understand
the hurt that brought you to this place,
but only of your need for grace.

Here's Ben E. King, with Stand By Me.

Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.

Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.

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  1. You and Barbara are blessed to have each other.

  2. Oh Andrew, there is so much truth in your poem. We—none of us—were created to go at life alone. And though the other may not completely understand, the fact that they are there is a good thing. I'm glad you and Barb can talk about these things. I continue to pray for you, friend.

    1. Jeanne, I'm so glad this spoke to you...and somehow I am finding that just being there can be the purest form of understanding.

  3. It's not easy to be that friend, we too often think we have to give advice. Sometimes it can be a delicate dance. But the level of safety each feels with the other is key. Without judging is right on the money. I agree with your conclusion.

    1. My dear Norma, you are so right in the metaphor of a delicate dance. The effort can be enormous, but the payoff, in giving and receiving, makes it worthwhile.