God’s Gift of Friendship

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I found this poem that I composed many years ago, when I was struggling to overcome a time of deep depression. How blessed I am to know that God provides blessings through others.

By the grace of God and thanks to the listening ears of a good friend, I turned a corner and my faith was strengthened.

God invites us to make changes in our lives every season of Lent. They don’t have to be major corrections; a kinder attitude towards a spouse, a more thoughtful style in the workplace, a gift of time spent with an elderly relative are all ways in which we can evolve into a better image of Christ’s presence in the world.

Here is the poem that was written with a heart full of hope, and a prayer that God would come to my help. He did!


I toast our friendship

with my early morning tea,

And thank you for invoking thoughts

of the person I used to be.


Your caring strikes a special chord

of life within my world,

Encouraging the corners of my

fragile, cobwebbed soul.


I seek those other times

of freedom and abandon,

Where hours drifted, colours sifted,

and dreams took hold of

each new, undiscovered day.


The time will come again,

I can’t predict the day,

But I’m ready to feel life’s joy again,

In hope and love – God’s way.

Joan Levy Earle is an author and artist living in Cornwall, Ontario. She is the former Associate Editor of the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine.

  • Suzanne renaud
    Posted at 08:28h, 19 February Reply

    Thank Joan…..very inspiring!

  • Suzanne renaud
    Posted at 08:28h, 19 February Reply

    Thank Joan…..insightful!

  • darcy Mann
    Posted at 09:47h, 19 February Reply

    Thank You Joan for your friendship.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 09:56h, 19 February Reply

    Thank you Joan!

  • Elaine lalonde
    Posted at 17:30h, 20 February Reply


  • Elaine lalonde
    Posted at 17:32h, 20 February Reply

    Thank you Joan very nice poem.

  • Christine Madgashian
    Posted at 02:46h, 12 March Reply

    Lovely Joan, can you bring me a copy when you come. X

    • Christine Madgashian
      Posted at 02:47h, 12 March Reply

      Lovely Joan, can you bring me a copy. X

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