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Daily Meditation

Sharing Our Solitude

March 23

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A friend is more than a therapist or a confessor, even though a friend can sometimes heal us and offer us God’s forgiveness.

A friend is that other person with whom we can share our solitude, our silence, and our prayer. A friend is that other person with whom we can look at a tree and say, “Isn’t that beautiful,” or sit on the beach and silently watch the sun disappear under the horizon. With a friend we don’t have to say or do something special. With a friend we can be still and know that God is there with both of us.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another." - Romans 12: 15-16

What do you value most about your closest friend?

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