friend of the friendless

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Father,
some of my friends are living
under a dark shadow of loneliness.
And loneliness is no one’s friend.

Therefore, Father,
friend of the friendless,
I pray that
through me
you will become a friend

  to the widow
  whose loneliness is
  a half-empty life,

  to the adolescent
  whose loneliness is
  hidden in a fog of unidentity,

  to the recently divorced
  whose loneliness sets
  him against a world of duets,

  to the business leader
  whose loneliness is
  making decisions all alone,

  to the pastor
  whose loneliness is
  his all-consuming love,

  to the housewife
  whose loneliness is
  overwork without thanks.

Father,
friend of the friendless,
I pray that
you will become a friend
through me
to persons who are lonely.

Francis A. Martin, American mental health counselor

_____________

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
  but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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