Webs of Friendship

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In our technology-crammed, busy world, it seems everything is on fast forward, and if we are not careful, we might miss a moment when we might be helpful. We might bypass an opportunity to be an actual instrument in the Lord’s hands, even an answer to someone’s prayer.

In the words of C. S. Lewis: “In Friendship . . . we think we have chosen our peers. In reality, a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another . . . the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting—any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends ‘You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.’ The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others” (The Four Loves, 89).

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