Thursday, January 28, 2010

The full picture of friendship

Some folk who I have spent prayerful time with have complained that they are lonely and unloved. Nine times out of ten the problem does not lie with other people but with the person themselves. Too often the attempts of making friends have been futile because they have made sure others only see their photogenic side. In doing so we are thwarting friendship by holding unfinished portraits of ourselves before others. Nobody is a fool. We know the vicissitudes of our own soul. We are fearful of those who cannot accept the darker sides of themselves lest they don’t accept the darker side in us.

“We have to be willing to let others know us if we want them to celebrate life with us.” Henri Nouwen “Can you drink the cup”

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