Friendship

4 02 2007

IT MAKES ME REALLY GLAD TO KNOW THAT I CAN DEPEND ON YOU. 2 CORINTHIANS 7:16

George Burns said that the secret of a long and happy life is friendship. He should know: he lived to be 100. He was married for 38 years to Gracie Allen, until her death in 1964. He also had a life-long friendship with Jack Benny. After Jack’s death in 1976, George said, ‘We were wonderful friends for 55 years. Jack never walked out on me while I sang a song and I never walked out on him while he played the violin. We laughed together, played together, worked together and ate together. For most of those years, we talked every single day.’ A friendship that lasted more than half a century! Wow! Don’t you hope that when you die you’ll have been that kind of friend to at least one person? Richard Exley says, ‘A true friend is one who hears and understands when you share your deepest feelings. He supports you when you are struggling; corrects you gently and with love when you err; forgives you when you fail; prods you to personal growth and stretches you to your full potential. And most amazing of all, he celebrates your successes as if they were his own.’ What will people say at your funeral? Will they describe you as kind and compassionate? Will they talk about missing the best friend they ever had? You may think that your eulogy is beyond your reach, but it isn’t. You’re writing it today – in the hearts of those around you. Word for Today (www.ucb.co.uk)

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