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My friend, Ray Van Neste, teaches at Union University. His blog recently had the following quotation from the Lord of the Rings. 

 

 

“You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin- to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours- closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway, there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the Ring. We are horribly afraid- but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds.’ (The Fellowship of the Ring, chapter 5

 

Friends like this are priceless. I have several – Oh, to be a friend like this.

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