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“Folks got to cry together before they’re friends”

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in love, service | Comments Off on “Folks got to cry together before they’re friends”

I received this email from a reader in response to my post “Has it really only been 24 hours?” I was given permission to publish it here:

Your post made me think of a quote I read just this morning in William Barclay’s commentary on Romans.

He tells an anecdote about a woman commenting on the difference between friendship and acquaintance, which includes this:

“We’ve laughed together, and we’ve talked together, but we’re just acquaintances. You see, we ain’t never shed no tears. Folks got to cry together before they’re friends.”

Thank you for your blog. It has been a great blessing to me in many ways. In the past year or so, some of our congregation have been making friends with residents of a low-income area of our city. It is helpful to read of your experiences and reactions.