A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more. (Jasmine Fitzwilliam, photographer)

There was a time (maybe only senior citizens will remember) when hugging was reserved for families and lovers. Today, however, everyone seems to hug—even strangers. All 50-plus players in this year’s baseball All-Star game hugged one another after the game. Superficial hugs, however, don’t begin to substitute for real friendship—much more than a playful hug.

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. . .  A real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)