Friday, November 4, 2011

When showing up matters ...

A lot has been said about the friends of Job who sat with that incredible man as he grieved and wrestled with the horrendous losses and testing he was experiencing.

Job's friends didn't have good counsel for him. That can sometimes be a frustrating thing to deal with from a friend. But they did show a real hallmark of true friendship: they sat with him (for a while, anyway) in his suffering.

They were present.

Sometimes our friends "get it wrong." Sometimes they offer advice they shouldn't. Sometimes they talk when they shouldn't! But sometimes the most important thing we need from a friend is for them to show up. To be present.

All the words in the world --- even the real profound stuff --- cannot replace the power of presence within a friendship.

Do you have a friend who needs a friend to come alongside them and simply be with them? Will you be that friend?


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