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True Friendship and Love

Updated on October 31, 2014

Actions speak louder than words they say

Words can never hurt and talk is cheap

But actions without words are like words without action

And words can heal a broken heart or cut it deep

Enough the soul feels happiness bleeding away

Until somehow it mends itself with love and compassion

It's amazing how even in a crowd one can feel alone

Surrounded by friends that might truly care

Still they seem to only be there when it's convenient to be

As if friendship is some heavy burden or a stone

One can pick and choose when to bear

Yet more is gained in sacrifice it seems to me

So much more is gained when one can say

In all sincerity call on me no matter what time

And I will do whatever it is I can do

Even if all that I can do is listen and pray

So that you do not feel alone as you climb

That mountain meant for you and only you

Or maybe all that is needed is a small favor

Perhaps enjoying one's company ina get together

Heavy or light, happy or sad, good or bad

True friendship and love are things to savor

Hopefully it is both given and received with time spent together

Because the rewards that replenish the soul are the best to be had

So let your words ring true with actions

And may your actions be backed by words too

They need not always be in abundance, but don't assume one knows

Life happens and people respond with different reactions

It's a truth in every single thing we say and do

Therefore use words and actions both to help love grow

© 2014 Shannon


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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done and a true pleasure to read.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Beautifully written and such wisdom in your words, dear Shan. So true, friends who love each other are always there to listen, pray and comfort each other no matter come what may in this life.

      You always have such a lovely selection of music choices to share.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning and away

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Eric. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Faith Reaper, thank you. But I don't know about wisdom. On one hand, I think people tend to use the term 'friend' too loosely. Just because we enjoy a person's company sometimes or personality most of the time does not mean that person will be there when needed or even try to be. On the other hand, it's like the saying 'are you friend or foe?' Perhaps there is a median between the two, though.

      And then there are times a person tries to be the kind of friend needed and it doesn't work out quite like it's intended to. But at least for those times, realizing we are all only human helps. Especially for me because I don't usually ask for an apology even if I've been hurt. It almost seems insincere if one is given after the fact or somehow not the same if I ask for one. And if I hurt enough to say so in the first place, its almost like a reversal of positions in a way, like a swallow my pride to say so thing. Then an apology either follows or it doesn't, but I don't ask. Either way we are all only human and hopefully true friendships stay in tact. Much like families should.

      As for the music, thanks! That Tracy Lawrence song about finding out who your friends are reminds me of a few incidents. One in particular. I was out late and accidentally hit a curb when the road narrowed, which popped a tire and bent the wheel. It was dark and not well lit and something like 1 am. I wanted a ride back, but the friend I called let me know she didn't appreciate being awakened and that she wasn't coming. So I called a tow truck to be towed maybe three blocks, but I was so upset because she had sometimes awakened me to let her in the building a such hours when she got locked out and I did it even though I was annoyed after about the third time. Thankfully, though, we are still friends.

      But, since then, I have been through enough to know when someone is genuinely helping for a big heart and out of love and when someone has an ulterior motive, usually bragging rights at the expense of the person being helped. I believe in helping for the sake of helping and not repeating the favor to others. It is why I hate to hear people say they did something because "its the Christian thing to do." Cheerful giving is the Christian thing to do, but saying so suggests that it was for one's own recognition, at least in my experiences and opinion.

      Anyway, I've been rambling, I suppose, and off on a tangent of sorts. "Words" was a song I actually just heard shortly before publishing the poem, but I love the message. The rest are just songs that fit in a round about way.

      Thanks again and God bless you and your gracious spirit!

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      Karen Silverman 2 years ago

      You can write girl! Beautiful thoughts beautifully put.

      You are a wonderful friend and those who know you are proud to be in your circle.

      those who aren't? Don't deserve to be!


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Friends may come and some may go, true friends stay put, no words needed, just being there is comfort for the inner soul. Beautiful thoughts Shan....

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Leslie. Means a lot to me.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Ruby. I agree that words are not always needed, especially in moments of distrress. In those moments actions really do speak louder than words ever could. But one also can't assume someone knows that he or she is still in one's thoughts, especially after long stretches of time have passed. There's a difference between being fond of someone and truly caring. Sometimes words are necessary. Words can reinforce and express what the heart should always know.

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      I like this a lot , it is beautiful! Glad I saw it here.... :) Have a great week!


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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      OH, and Carrie Underwood is a beautiful singer!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, now, I can't believe your friend knew you were stranded in the middle of the wee hours of the morning, and was not concerned but for her own sleep ... I am glad you are still friends and you have a forgiving nature. I am so thankful you were okay out there by yourself. Well, we know we are not alone : )

      I love that song "Words" too and even have it on one of my hubs. There is an annual free concert here out in the middle of nowhere where ten thousand young people showed up last year (the biggest year yet). The bands are the top most popular Christian bands around and so many young people come for miles to hear and there are so many wonderful testimonies. It is called En Fuego, which means On Fire.

      Hugs and God bless you.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi schoolgirl! Thank you! She is a beautiful singer.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Faith Reaper. I forgive for many reasons, but maybe mostly because I am only human too. Sometimes it seems to take longer to heal when in the process of letting go, by anger and bitterness are not good solutions. When I was a young teen I used to pray that I would have the ability to forgive no matter what. If that doesn't say unconditional love, not much else does.

      I have heard of En Fuego, I think. Sounds awesome. I have seen a few Christian concerts. I think Jars of Clay at the state fair here back in 2000. Third Day. And Jackie Velasquez. (I love the song Un Lugar)

      Might have mispelled her fist name. I was with my cousins and my uncle bought us these promise rings she was selling. Promise for abstinence. Guess I was about 13 at the time and so upset when a year ir so later I lost it somehow. I never took it off. I think it broke. Oh, and met Sara Groves when she sang for my youth group.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      That certainly says unconditional love to me!

      Oh, that is beautiful about the promise ring for abstinence ... I am so sorry you lost it.

      I love Sara Groves. Wow, how fantastic she sang for your youth group.

      Have a lovely weekend ahead, dear Shan.


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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      It has to be better than today! You have a good one too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed this and all the music.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you much! Glad you enjoyed the music, too.

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