A Friend Is a Gift From God


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A Friend Is a Gift From God

A Friend Is a Gift From God

Among the great and glorious gifts
our heavenly Father sends
Is the gift of understanding
that we find in loving friends....
For in this world of trouble
that is filled with anxious care,
Everybody needs a friend
in whom they're free to share
The little secret heartaches
that lay heavy on the mind---
Not just a mere acquaintance,
but someone who's just our kind...
For somehow in the generous heart
of loving faithful friends,
The good God in His charity
and wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding
and the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities
with kindness and affection..
So when we need some sympathy,
or a friendly hand to touch
Or one who listens
and speaks words that mean so much,
We seek a true and trusted friend
in the knowledge that we'll find
A heart that's sympathetic
and an understanding mind....
And often just without a word
there seems to be a union
Of thoughts and kindred feelings,
for God gives true friends communion.

Helen Steiner Rice