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can you stay (still) with me?

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

source: Henri J.M. Nouwen. (1990). The road to daybreak. Image Publ. image:


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  1. Sheila Joyce Gibbs

    Oh, yes, yes !
    You’ve summed it up right there !
    Now, lets just hope the ones who don’t know how to behave around us, read it !

    Unfortunatley, in both mine & my late husbands entire families, there’s only 1 couple like that. And I’m pleased to say, I’ve managed to stay clear of the rest !!
    It’s amazing, isn’t it, we’re all children of God, and yet there’s those who appear unclear on grief & loss, and just a small few who understand more than you could ever imagine !

    God Bless !!


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