Portrait of a Friend By Anonymous

I can’t give you solutions
to all of life’s problems, doubts, or fears.
But I can listen to you,
and together we will search for answers.
I can’t change your past
with all it’s heartache and pain,
nor 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 not fall.
Your joys,
triumphs, successes,
and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.
Your decisions in life
are not mine to make,
nor 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, 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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