Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. (Aristotle, 4th century BC Greek philosopher)

We sometimes call them “fair weather friends.” They’re with us when the times are good, sharing the fun and achievements. But, let things get tough—misfortune, losses, poor health—and they disappear. It’s a difficult loss to endure, but how much more precious are the friends who stay with us, sharing in the loss and offering help and encouragement.

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).