"Friend of the friendless"

The human heart yearns for true friendship, for that intimate relationship which insures sympathetic understanding of one's innermost thoughts, of one's aspirations and longings, of one's aims and ambitions, even of one's doubts and fears. Such friendship is precious beyond calculation; and friendship which makes possible such intimacy fills what is otherwise a great void in human existence.

In her Communion Hymn (Poems, p. 75), beloved of many, Mrs. Eddy reveals the Christ, the "Spirit that makes pure," as the "friend of the friendless," a friend who brings to the sad and sorrowing the very balm of life to solace and heal. What possibilities of blessedness do her words convey! "Friend of the friendless"—friend of him who, perhaps through a life of sin pursued to an extent that has destroyed the possibility of friends, has lost the sense of human friendship, and yet who finds a Comforter in the merciful Father! For God, through His Christ, reaches the lowly in heart, bearing comfort and healing even to those who seem to be wholly friendless.

God's Witnesses
July 31, 1926

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