“God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal.” – Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Indeed, friends are like gifts that God has given us. They are the ones who help us, who give us strength and support in times of need. To celebrate the gift of companionship, we feature some of the most heartwarming stories about friendship that we received from our readers.
Read on and be inspired!
A Friend Indeed
I believe that God’s miracles work through our friends. When I was in a very low place, I felt then that no one could save me from self- destructing. Even my parents gave up and I lost friends—except one. A high school friend gave me bus money to go to his place in Pampanga. While I was there, he showed me that I can still rectify my mistakes and live a good life. I didn’t want to disappoint him so I worked hard to make myself better. After two years of living with him and his family, I got a job at a call center, invested in a motorcycle, and am now sober and happier.
I was a youth volunteer in our barangay when this happened. I was heading home from a dance practice one day when one of our members texted me, “kuya, kumusta?” I only had two pesos in my load balance, so I was hesitant to reply. But something told me to, so I typed, “Ayos lang bro’, ikaw?” Suddenly, he was calling me. It turned out that he was thinking of ending his life that very moment, but because I replied, he now had someone to talk to about his problems. We are still friends today, and Iamgoingtobeaninongtohis second baby in a few months.
The Power of Prayer
A friend’s newborn baby was diagnosed with a hearing problem. After the infant underwent tests in two hospitals with disheartening results, the mother asked me to pray for her baby. I organized a prayer brigade with some of our closest friends, and when she went to another hospital for another test, we got the good news we were hoping for! Truly, prayer is a wonderful and powerful thing.