“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17
“Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person. Having neither to weigh words nor measure thoughts but pouring them all out like chaff and grain together — certain that a faithful hand will keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” — George Eliot
“If you have a friend like that, you have a treasure. Someone with whom you can peel back the layers of your heart, knowing that he or she will handle tenderly and loyally everything that’s revealed.
That’s why I consider Jesus to be my friend. Of course, there used to be times in prayer when I would get tongue-tied over whether or not I was praising Him properly. I would measure far too carefully my words, wondering if my prayer was progressing the way it should in a tidy order of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Sometimes I just gave up in frustration.
All the while, Jesus must have been waiting for me to simply peel back the layers of my heart and openly share a tumble of thoughts and confessions, like chaff and grain. He wanted to assure me that with His faithful hand He would keep what was worth keeping in my prayer and gently blow the rest away.
Jesus is a friend with whom you can feel safe.
Oh, the comfort of feeling safe with You, Jesus. Thank You for inviting me to pour out my thoughts to You in a tumble of praise and confession, thanksgiving, and petition. I praise You for being a true friend who loves at all times.”
-Joni Eareckson Tada, Diamonds in the Dust, January 22.