I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial. (Thomas Jefferson)

On Presidents’ Day we look to our third president for a helpful comment about friends. Various drinks are often cited for the qualities associated with them. Some are restorative in terms of health and energy. Others are shared in times of intimacy as friends encourage one another. How helpful it would be if we saw ourselves as a refreshing, healthful part of another’s life.

The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. . . and a brother is born to help in time of need.  (Proverbs 11:30; 17:17)