Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love
and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger,
and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear
not the "nay" in your own mind,
nor do you withhold the "ay".
And when he is silent your heart ceases
not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts,
all desires, all expectations are born and shared,
with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most
in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship
save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure
of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth:
and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures
for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed
these past few weeks I have learned
more about the human spirit, the gift of love
and the meaning of true friendship...
My deepest gratitude to all of you
who have prayed and kept us close in your hearts
my mother's tumor has shrank to almost nothing
and the cancer did not reach her bone
the doctor said " he had no words "
We are truly so very blessed for this miracle...
Each day is a beautiful gift...
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
much love from my heart to yours