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Yesterday I wrote about one of my classmate from high school who passed away too early at 56. Paul’s gift to me was one of friendship and after writing the post yesterday the following shows up in my daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society:

The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts a human being can receive. It is a bond beyond common goals, common interests, or common histories. It is a bond stronger than sexual union can create, deeper than a shared fate can solidify, and even more intimate than the bonds of marriage or community. Friendship is being with the other in joy and sorrow, even when we cannot increase the joy or decrease the sorrow. It is a unity of souls that gives nobility and sincerity to love. Friendship makes all of life shine brightly. Blessed are those who lay down their lives for their friends.
By Henri Nouwen and you can sign up for these meditations by clicking on this link for the  Henri Nouwen Society.

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