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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: "The Wounds of a Friend.......
By Pat Guy


“The Wounds of a Friend……..

I’m not sure I know what to do.

What she said – what she implied.
I don’t think I can ever face her again.
My Best Friend, of all friends, turned on me and walked away.

The one I always counted on. The one I trusted with the deepest thoughts of my heart – the secrets of my soul. The only one who understands me.
How could she hurt me so?

This pain….. sitting here…. alone…… thinking….

I use her as a crutch. I depend on her too much. I need someone else, she says.

We’ve had so many good times! Laughing – crying. Sharing adventures. Sharing life.

Hiding…. vanishing…. becoming…. invisible.

I need to take some time and examine myself – to stop avoiding the truth. I need to face this empty place deep inside me, she says. The place she can’t fill. The place no friendship can fill.

I fear she meant every word. The conviction in her voice – in her eyes. The look of worry on her face. The way she talks with her hands. I didn’t know what to say. I thought she was angry. Finally she just looked at me, became still, and walked away. I don’t understand….
How could she hurt me so?

I’m not sure I know what to do.

“You need Jesus in your life.”
…. I need my Best Friend.

“He’s a constant Companion. He’ll never leave you.”
…. She certainly did

“You can depend on Him no matter what you go through.”
…. I thought I could depend on her.

“He understands everything about you.”
…. Nobody does.

“He can fill that empty place deep inside you.
…. I don’t know…..

“He’ll come live in your heart.”
…. How?

“Jesus loves you more than anyone does.”
…. Maybe… I don’t know…. maybe……

The phone is so close – so tempting.
I know she’s wondering if I’ll ever call her again.
I know my Best Friend, of all friends, is hoping I’ll call.
I know – she’s waiting.
I know – what to do.


“…… It’s me.”

…….. can be trusted.” Proverbs 27:6 (NIV)

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Leticia Caroccio04/11/05
What a creative effort on the topic. Our earthly friends, being human, can and will fail at every turn. Thankfully Jesus promised never to leave us or to forsake us. Nice job.
Delores Baber04/13/05
I enjoyed the whole article until I became confused at the end. If it had ended with your needs being meet in Jesus it would have been a powerful story, but when you said "she" I realized you were reaching out to your earthly friend. We do need relationships. God created us to be relationship creatures. Perhaps I missed your point. Perhaps your were saying that now that you are trusting Jesus to meet your needs you come talk with "her" without unreasonable expectations. Humans can make good friends, but we make poor gods.
Pat Guy 04/13/05
When the judging is over I hope we can edit our pieces. I can see a few things to change so the reader will realize the conversation in quotes is the friend talking to the one who is remembering the confrontation. The friend is risking their frienship to make her see she needs Jesus to fill the void in her life. Their friendship cannot fill the "empty place deep inside her."
In the end she calls her friend knowing she's waiting. "The wounds of a friend can be trusted." Prov. 27:6 (NIV) Thankyou for your input! I appreciate it and am glad for the comments -- they help alot and that's what I'm looking for! Thanks again to any who take the time to read, critque and encourage! Pat
Sally Hanan04/23/05
Now that I've read your explanation I get it. I have met people like thiswho want a person to wash their pain away, but it's impossible unless Jesus is the third cord of friendship.
Jacquelyn Horne03/21/07
Nothing hurts worse than a wound from a friend. But sometimes nothing is needed worse. I love walking through the pain, acceptance and, hopefully, healing of the narrator.