> Cultivating Good Friendships
> by Chaplain Dan Langerock
> We learn to appreciate our friends when we have hard times in our
>lives. It may be a time of illness, divorce, death in the family, loss of a
>job, or any number of other maladies that affect our existence. This is
>when we can really tell who are our friends, and who are not.
> Take My Hand
>I cannot ease your aching heart, nor take your pain away,
>But let me stay and take your hand and walk with you today.
>I'll listen when you need to talk, I'll wipe away your tears,
>I'll share your worries when they come, I'll help you face your fears.
>I'm here and I will stand by you, each hill you have to climb.
>So take my hand, let's face the world. Live one day at a time.
>You're not alone, for I'm still here...I'll go that extra mile,
>And when your grief is easier, I'll help you learn to smile!
> One way you can have good friends is to be a friend. If you are
>faithful to others when they are experiencing difficulty, it is more likely
>you will have that support you need when you are 'going through the
>wringer' of life.
>Search for ways you can help others, and in turn you will be helped.