My Friend

I can’t give solutions to all your life’s problems, doubts, or fears.

But I can listen to you, and together we can search for answers.

I can’t change your past with all its sadness and pain, or the future with its untold stories.

But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can’t keep your feet from stumbling.

I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and may not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happi-ness are not mine;

Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, or to judge;

I can only support you, encourage you, and help you when you ask.

I can’t prevent you from falling away from friendship, from your values, from me.

I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can’t give you boundaries which I have determined for you.

But I can give you the room to change, room to grow and the room to be yourself.

I can’t keep your heart from breaking and hurting.

But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces and put them back in place.

I can’t tell you who you are.

I can only love you and be your friend.

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