Being an Indian-Type Friend
A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes
"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
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
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 for ourselves.
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's name, amen."
1. The Apostle Paul, (Galatians 6:2, TLB).
Brenda Clark Pike
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