“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Eccles. 4:9-12

Friendship is something that often seems misunderstood and taken for granted. So often, it seems that we (including myself) think of a friend as someone we like and who likes us. But there is so much more to true friendship. Think on the verses above. A friend is someone who will go through the utmost extremes for you. Like the scene in The Lord of the Rings where Sam, when he sees Frodo collapse from exhaustion, lifts him on his shoulders, and with his own last strength, carries him up the broken, burning mountain. Do you have a companion who would go through such extremes for you? Would you for them?