The other day I was talking with a close friend about a recent tragedy in her life. It was something painful. Deep. Despairingly difficult. I could tell it was cutting her to the core of her being. But she shared with me that she couldn't tell everyone for fear of judgment. She had limited resources available due to her fear, but I agreed that it was indeed a valid concern. I was thankful that she talked with me, but I couldn't let go of that idea. There are those with whom we cannot share just anything. Those who will unfairly judge us. Those who can't keep their mouths closed.
But then there are that other kind. You know them. They are those you immediately think to call when something goes wrong. You know they will love you, support you, pray for you and encourage you. They are the kind you can trust with your sharpest pains, your greatest joys and your deepest secrets. The ones who understand what confidentiality is. The ones who uphold you and walk by you at life's most crucial moments. The ones you hold dearly because they are a rare and precious gem.
I want to be that kind. Lord, help me to be that kind.
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