It is hard to find a friend whose presence helps you steadily become the person you want to be, but it’s worth the effort to find [him or her]. (Paraphrase of Anna Strong, 18th &19th century American patriot)

Strong says, “To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough.” As she noted above, however, finding that steady “comrade” (her term), isn’t so easy. In our day with so much freedom of expression and opinionated discourse, it may take awhile to discover a trustworthy friend who will be the helpful companion you want and need.

A friend is always loyal. . . . a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)