6/08/2007: Discover The Best of Friends

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxietiesbut frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes yourpossibilities." -- William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
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Have you ever had the experience with a certain relationship where you can never get beyond friendship to experience true fellowship?

Last evening, Dee Dee and I hosted more than 30 friends and family members for a "small" celebration of my 59th birthday. Considering that we began to plan the party at the beginning of the week and Dee Dee made only phone call invitations Tuesday (two days prior), we were astonished and pleased about the turnout.

In every way, I can say that this was a special evening of fellowship. The whole event reminded me that true fellowship happens when people of similar faith and experience spend time together encouraging each other from theperspective of their common beliefs and their uncommon strength.

The evening was about being together, bearing one another’s burdens, encouraging one another to do good works and keeping each other focused on what truly counts. All of the party guests (and many others not in attendance) have done these deeds for me and Dee Dee during the last 15-month trial with mantle cell lymphoma. When trouble comes and you need someone you can trust with the core issues of your heart, there’sno one like another "true friend" who can pray with you and help you carry the cross.

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