Friendship II

Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. (Henry Brooks Adams, 19th-20th century historian)

How do you respond when you discover that a friend isn’t as “perfect” as you thought he or she was or when you’ve been hurt by the word or action of a friend? It would be good to remember Adams’ advice at such a time. We all have our faults, and we’d have no friends if we demanded perfection. So, perhaps we should create a “cemetery” for the faults of our friends—and our own.

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud . . .  and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)