Friends cannot replace God. They have limitations and weaknesses like we have. Their love is never faultless, never complete. But in their limitations they can be signposts on our journey towards the unlimited and unconditional love of God. Let's enjoy the friends whom God has sent on our way.
For further reflection...
"... for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." - I Samuel 16: 7 (NRSV)
This post was written by Henri Nouwen.
You can find his site here: www.henrinouwen.org