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Friends are relationships we form for various lengths of time and for a myriad of reasons. We have those we do activities with such as biking, walking or running, going to movies, or going out to eat. We enjoy their company, and we laugh together. We have friends at work who we share the work load with and who become a part of the routine of our lives. If we work at a place which is stressful, we share complaints, how things should be different, and sometimes we may share the fears we have at work if we perceive it to be a battlefield.

Some people we come to know a little more and we offer to help them and it even may be reciprocal. We learn who we can rely on and who is unreliable. We are thankful for those we can depend on when life becomes difficult.

Then there are people we know over time, who have allowed us to get close to them, and in whom we have developed trust. We can let down our defenses with them and be honest about our thoughts and feelings and even share our  pain. These are the friends who come to know us as we really are. We get to know each others weaknesses and vulnerabilities and we learn to accept them over time. We have our misunderstandings, but the ties we have established encourage us to work it out. The following poem and quote illustrates the love we have for these special people who believe in us.

Found on Pinterest on 12-27-14.

Found on Pinterest on 12-27-14. written by Elle Febbo

The Friend Who Just Stands By

When Trouble comes your soul to try,

You love the friend who just “stands by.”

Perhaps there’s nothing he can do

The thing is strictly up to you;

For there are troubles all your own,

And paths the soul must tread alone;

Times when love can’t smooth the road

Nor friendship lift the heavy load,

But just to know you have a friend

Who will “stand by” until the end,

Whose sympathy through all endures,

Whose warm hand clasp is always yours.

It helps, someway, to pull you through,

Although there’s nothing he can do.

And so with fervent heart you cry,

“God bless the friend who just ‘stands by.’

B.Y. WILLIAMS