Friends are God’s way of apologizing to us for our families. (Tennessee Williams, late American playwright)

That’s a rather uncomfortable comment, isn’t it? Families are intended to be the foundation of a wholesome community and prosperous nation. However, because of personal failure, some families are dysfunctional, and both parents and children suffer. That’s when God-given friends can become the family we so desperately need.

A friend is always loyal, . . .  The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 17:17; 27:9)