A friend who cares


Today, a quote from Henri J.M. Nouwen’s The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey:

“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 powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

Which person in your life means the most to you?  Take a few moments today to lift them up in prayer.

–Kate Rugani

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About Kate Rugani

Kate is communications director for the Clergy Health Initiative. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in integrated marketing communications and public relations. She has a background in both corporate and nonprofit communications and loves spreading the word about how organizations are helping real people. She enjoys hiking, trying new recipes, and hanging out with her husband and three kids.

2 thoughts on “A friend who cares

  1. I find this very true and profound. I think we all have people like
    that in our lives and we never appreciate them enough. Maybe
    we could be that special person to somebody else.

  2. This article has touched my heart… because I have found that ONE friend who is everything as you say above. I was terribly ill for over a year, and this angel silently devoted some of the time to bring me back from a certain death.

    The friend asked for nothing, said nothing, but did everything that mattered! The friend prayed met me very often, and always gave me that one assurance I needed to get back to live — the warm smile that told me that I was really required back in life by that friend.

    My living meant everything to that friend, and though others had left hopes, the friend waited in faith, in silent determination, and complete knowledge that I was coming back to life… I did!

    All the Thanks in this world isn’t enough to express my gratitude towards God and that friend who silently hold my hand and brought me out of the engulfing darkness. God bless that angel, and bless all such angels who make you want to smile at life again!

    Had to write it out… this article brought it out from the depths of my heart. Thanks all! God bless!

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