"Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord's command."1
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 to others. 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 and be supportive of others in need. And please help me to find a friend with whom I feel safe to share all my sorrows, failures, struggles, and problems—as well as all my successes and joys. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. The Apostle Paul, (Galatians 6:2, TLB).
By Dick Innes