The Sheltering Tree of Friendship

 

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17

The poet Samuel Coleridge once described friendship as "a sheltering tree."
When you have the quality of a sheltering tree, the branches of your friendship reach out over the lives of others, giving them shelter, shade, rest, relief, and encouragement. . . .
Friends give comfort. We find strength near them. They bear fruit that provides nourishment and encouragement. When something troublesome occurs in our life, we pick up the phone and call a friend, needing the comfort he or she provides. I think there are few things more lonely than having no friend to call.
Friends also care enough about us to hold us accountable . . . but we never doubt their love or respect.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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