As so often happens, something gets into my mind and I feel compelled to react.
In this case I was researching “The Educator” website, looking for some guidance on what the viewers seemed to be most interested in reading, only to find that Poetry of an inspirational nature was extremely popular. In retrospect this should not be surprising considering the audience I am attempting to share with.
Hopefully the attached Poem will attract your interest & insight. I have added some personal comments at the end.
A FRIEND IS A GIFT OF GOD A poem from “Someone Cares” by Helen Steiner Rice
Among the great and glorious gifts Our Heavenly Father sends
Is the GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING That we find in loving friends
For in this world of trouble that is filled with anxious care
Everyone needs a friend in whom they’re free to share
The little secret heartaches that lay heavy on their mind,
Not just a mere acquaintance but someone who’s “JUST OUR KIND“
For somehow, in the generous heart of loving, faithful friends
The good GOD in his charity and wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding and the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities with kindness and affection
So when we need some sympathy or a friendly hand to touch,
Or an ear that listens tenderly and speaks words that mean so much,
We seek our true and trusted friend in the knowledge that we’ll find
A heart that sympathetic and an understanding mind………
And often just without a word There seems to be a union
Of thoughts and kindred feelings for GOD gives TRUE FRIENDS communion.
The two words that I have highlighted in this Poem have struck a chord with me as I don’t recall seeing them used in this fashion before, and yet they are natural pair.
UNION & COMMUNION. (Together ; Communicating & on the same Wavelength)
Peggy & I have just returned from a vacation during which time we met and conversed with many people from all over the world. Amongst those people we met a few whom we seemed to hit it off with and suggested that we should stay in touch. Now to the difficult part. Are these now FRIENDS or Acquaintances.
It seems to me that these words are very easily confused & can often lead to serious misunderstandings. Thought provoking indeed!!!!
Personally, after almost 54 years of marriage and busy careers, we have found that, because of the number of people we have & continue to come in contact with, we reserve the word FRIEND for very special relationships.
I mention this not to offer guidance or instruction but simply to share our understanding of the beautiful word FRIEND.
Have a wonderful day & God Bless You and Yours. Norm