In his book Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life, Henri Nouwen writes this: “When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement… Who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness. That is the friend who cares.”
“We have all been blessed by individuals who have inspired us by their innate kindness. They inspire us not with big displays of moral courage, but by basic decency. Not by great acts of sacrifice, but by simple generosity.”
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