When we honestly ask ourselves ..

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most
to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions or
cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds
with a warm 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 weakness.

— Henri JM Nouwen

3 responses to “When we honestly ask ourselves ..

  1. nubcak™

    I think friends like this don’t even try do they…half the time they don’t even realize how
    comforting they are just by being there.

    The kind of friend that makes you feel like you are understood without having to explain.
    And just knowing that they are alive makes you feel glad that you are…even on the bad days.

  2. A Henri Nouwen quote.

    He was right, sometimes silence works best.

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