A Friend Who Just Stands By

When troubles come your soul to try
you love a friend who just stands by.
Perhaps there’s nothing he can do;
the thing is strictly up to you

for there are troubles all your own
and paths the soul must tread alone,
bad times when love can’t smooth the road,
nor friendship lift the heavy load.

But just to feel you have a friend,
who will stand by until the end,
whose sympathy through all endures,
whose warm handclasp is always yours

it helps somehow to pull you through,
although there’s nothing he can do.
And so with fervent heart we cry:
‘God bless the friend who just stands by.’

Author Unknown


Hope you enjoy this little poem I found in “Our Daily Bread” – August 1, 1976 issue.


2 thoughts on “A Friend Who Just Stands By

    • I’m glad for you, that you were able to enjoy a friendship like this one. Also for your friend if she’s enjoying her new “wings.”
      Trouble is, we often fail to make new dear friends as we go along, so we end up with our “Friendship” jar only half-full. A dear, wise friend of mine in her eighties told me she had to keep making new friends or she soon wouldn’t have any.


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