This came to mind this morning as I ponder the apparent loss of a friend. The Book of Proverbs has similar expressions:
When one has a friend, one’s friend also has a friend.
When one rejects a friend, one’s friend remains.
The one who keeps friendship secures help in hard times.
The one who rejects friendship loses peace.
A call to friendship is a call to know love.
A denial of friendship is a loss of a steady guide.
With friendship, we are aloft and secure.
Without friendship, every mountain is a slippery slope.
A true friend proves friendship without trying.
A false friend feigns friendship even while trying.
True friendship has its Source in one’s soul.
Friendship is easily extinguished when the Source is no longer welcome.
But when one has a friend, even though one rejects that friend,
one’s friend still has a Friend, Who Is the Source of all true friendships.
Even though the Light of friendship is extinguished in the heart of one former friend,
if that Light remains in the other friend’s heart, all is not lost.
The flame of friendship burns hot in a supple heart,
but who can light a flame in a stony heart?