Indian Friends

by | Jun 9, 1998 | Friendship

“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command” (Galatians 6:2, TLB)

The North American Indians had no written language before they met the white man. Their language, however, was far from primitive. Many of the Indians had as many words in their vocabulary as their English and French exploiters. Some of their words were much more picturesque, too. For example, “friend” to the Indians was “one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back.”

Everybody needs at least one trusted “Indian-type” friend with whom he or she can share his or her deepest sorrows and painful feelings. We all need a helping hand and a listening ear when we’re going through difficult times.

How do we find such a friend? First, by praying and asking God to help us to be an “Indian-type” friend our self. Next, by getting the help we need to become this kind of friend. And then by asking God to help us find such a friend.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, help me to become a true “Indian-type-safe-burden-bearing friend” myself to be supportive of others in need, and help me to find a friend with whom I feel safe to share all my sorrows, failures, struggles, and problems. Gratefully in Jesus’ name.”

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Thanks to WITandWISDOM(tm) – May 30, 2000


Indian Friends