Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
In one of my resent blog posts, I discussed some of the different kinds of loss. For certain, the loss of a loved one can be the worst kind of loss. Today I want to talk about the loss of a friendship which can be painful as well.
Life is like a swinging door bringing us in and out of the lives of others. Sometimes, though, that door slams shut and there’s no way to enter the building again. Perhaps a friend moves away or simply gets caught up in the many activities of life. In this case, we don’t necessarily lose that friendship as much as we slip away from each other.
But when a door is slammed shut by a friend, it can be most hurtful.
Friendships can’t just be taken for granted; believing the relationship will stay alive and well on its own. True friendships take effort. It’s a two-way street with both parties taking on active roles.
WikiHow.com in their article, “How to Keep Friends Forever,” lists ten ideas for keeping a friendship going such as not crowding out the friendship and respecting your friend's family members.
There are many benefits to lasting friendships as mentioned in the Bible verses above. When you’re in a bad place, a good friend will help lift you up. They’ll encourage you to find a new perspective on the situation or simply just be there for you. I feel sorry for those who don’t have a dependable friendship. For, they have no one to lift them back up when they fall.
So let’s put in the effort and help keep the door wide open giving friendships a chance to grow.
Do you have friends in your life who have stuck with you regardless of the circumstances? To leave a comment just click on the blue "comments" below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.