Carrying Others’ Sorrows
North American Indians had no written alphabet before they met the white
man, their language was anything but primitive. The vocabulary of many
Indian nations was as large as that of their French and English
exploiters, and often far more eloquent. Compare the coldness of
“friend” with “one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back.”
—United Church Observer
Thank God For You
THANK GOD FOR YOU,
Good friend of mine.
Seldom is friendship such as thine;
How very much I wish to be
As helpful as you’ve been to me—
THANK GOD FOR YOU.
Of many prayer guests, one thou art
On whom I ask God to impart
Rich blessings from His storeroom rare,
And grant to you His gracious care.
THANK GOD FOR YOU.
When I recall, from time to time,
How you inspired this heart of mine:
I find myself inclined to pray.
God bless my friend this very day—
THANK GOD FOR YOU.
So often, at the throne of Grace,
There comes a picture of your face:
And then, instinctively, I pray
That God may Guide you all the way—
THANK GOD FOR YOU.
Someday, I hope with you to stand
Before the throne, at God’s right hand;
And to say to you—at journey’s end:
"Praise God, you’ve been to me a friend—
THANK GOD FOR YOU.”
Durer’s Praying Hands
Albrecht Durer wanted to paint. Finally, he left home to study with a
great artist. He met a friend who also had this same desire and the two
became roommates. Both being poor, they found it difficult to make a
living and study at the same time. Albrecht’s friend offered to work
while Albrecht studied. Then when the paintings began to sell he would
have his chance. After much persuasion, Albrecht agreed and worked
faithfully while his friend toiled long hours to make a living.
The day came
when Albrecht sold a wood-carving and his friend went back to his
paints, only to find that the hard work has stiffened and twisted his
fingers and he could no longer paint with skill. When Albrecht learned
what had happened to his friend, he was filled with great sorrow. One
day returning home unexpectedly he heard the voice of his friend and saw
the gnarled, toilworn hands folded in prayer before him.
“I can show
the world my appreciation by painting his hands as I see them now,
folded in prayer.” It was this thought that inspired Albrecht Durer
when he realized that he could never give back to his friend the skill
which had left his hands.
gratitude was captured in his inspired painting that has become world
famous. And, we are blessed by both the beauty of the painting and the
beautiful story of gratitude and brotherhood.
—The Bible Friend
The Shortest Way
H. K. Downie
tells about a large newspaper that offered a substantial amount of cash
for the best answer to the question, “What is the shortest way to
London?” The entry which won the prize has: “The shortest way to
London is good company!”
—Henry G. Bosch
publication offered a prize for the best definition of a friend, and
among the thousands of answers received were the following:
multiplies joys, divides grief.”
understands our silence.”
“A volume of
sympathy bound in cloth.”
which beats true for all time and never runs down.”
But here is
the definition that won the prize: “A friend—the one who comes in
when the whole world has gone out.”
Be A Friend
I went out to find a friend,
But could not find one there,
I went out to be a friend,
And friends were everywhere!
Only God Gives A Friend
I think that God will never send,
A gift so precious as a friend,
A friend who always understands,
And fills each need as it demands,
Whose loyalty will stand the test,
When skies are bright or overcast,
Who sees the faults that merit blame,
But keeps on loving just the same.
Who does far more than creeds could do.
To make us good, to make us true,
Earth’s gifts a sweet contentment lend,
But only God can give a friend!
Buddy-Buddy Among Creatures
On top of the
Spanish Pyrenees may be found a magnificently beautiful but elusive
mountain goat. It seems always to get away from shooting range. Why? It
has a companion, a young goat, who follows and sounds the warning of
enemies around it.
has very poor eyesight. But its tough hide is infested with ticks—a
delicacy to a certain little bird which rides on its back, feeding on
the insects and alerting the rhino to danger.
Both the ratel,
a badger-like animal, and the little honey-guide bird love honey. And so
they go out together. The keen eye of the little bird quickly pin-points
a beehive with honey, and the ratel’s powerful claws tear up the hive,
making the honey available to both.
inhabitant of the Pinna Marina is a blind slug or snail, which has many
enemies, the worst of which is the cuttle-fish. No sooner does the pinna
open his bivalve shell, than the cuttle-fish rushes in. How can such a
blind defenseless creature secure food and protect himself?
is a kind of crab-fish, with keen sight, who is a constant companion of
the pinna. They live together in the shell that belongs to the pinna.
When the latter is hungry, he opens his valves, and sends out his
faithful companion to secure food. If any enemy approaches, the watchful
crab dashes back to his blind protector, who quickly closes the valves
as soon as his friend is inside.
On the other
hand, when the crab has returned with food and no foe is about, he makes
a gentle noise at the opening of the shell, which is closed during his
absence. When admitted, the two friends then feast together on the
fruits of the crab’s industry.
Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, (Garland,
Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.
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