Discussion on the Topic of Friendship
Wholesome Life  2008-06-24

We had planned for that day to organize a meeting with the new group of elderly people and the Care for All staff, but it could not be convened due to many reasons, so we decided that since we had invited the elderly people to come anyway, to organize a discussion on the topic of friendship – a topic that is always very interesting for everyone. As coordinators of this ministry Pavel and I have the goal to organize several such discussions each month on topics that are of interest to our elderly friends. Of course, the idea of friendship among people concerns people of every age, but as we grow and mature in time, our opinion and view of the human relations changes. For me personally it was very intriguing to find out how the senior citizens look at friendship, because they have such rich experiences cultivated through the many years of life. I believe that we learn a lot not only through what we ourselves experience, but also through the experience of the people who are older than us. That’s why I listened very closely to the stories that the people told us. Some were more restrained, while others were very open about their life. One lady even sang a song in front of us all – that was a very nice surprise…

Unfortunately, the most important and recurring conclusion that we all came to was that real and true friendship is something very very rear, because we, human beings, in our sinful nature are mistrusting, betraying and revengeful. The only self-giving and everlasting love is that of our Savior. As it is said in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” God Himself gave us the perfect example of this type of love – to give his only Son for humanity and thus to create a new relationship with them. Our dear elderly friends realized this truth and we all agreed to pray together every day before they eat the meal that we serve them – to pray for God’s guidance and love and to thank Him for creating a bridge between Him and us.  

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