You’ve been stumbling along, and you fall into a hole. Strangers, acquaintances, and friends pass by, and look down at you, there in your hole, and they say things like:
“Look at that jerk, he fell in a hole!”
“Better you than me, buddy.”
“I’ll keep you in my thoughts.”
“Let me know when you get out of that hole, and we’ll have lunch.”
“I’d give you a hand, but I’m afraid I’ll fall in, too.”
A true friend is one who will lift you out of the hole, dust you off, and say “Come on, let’s walk together.” A true friend won’t think less of you for falling once in a while, or needing a hand to hold. A true friend is willing to walk the bumpy road beside you.
In James A. Harnish’s book “A Disciple’s Path,” he explains grace like this:
God meets us where we are, but he doesn’t abandon us there.
Wishing you all a wonderful day,