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July 18, 2011

I was again looking at some of Kings of Convenience’s lyrics (this time from their album Riot on an Empty Street). I thought they captured the meaning of friendship quite well in their song Misread (watch the music video here):

If you wanna be my friend
You want us to get along
Please do not expect me to
Wrap it up and keep it there
The observation I am doing could
Easily be understood
As cynical demeanour
But one of us misread…
And what do you know
It happened again

A friend is not a means
You utilize to get somewhere
Somehow I didn’t notice
friendship is an end
What do you know
It happened again

How come no-one told me
All throughout history
The loneliest people
Were the ones who always spoke the truth
The ones who made a difference
By withstanding the indifference
I guess it’s up to me now
Should I take that risk or just smile?

Some of us will be familiar with the Proverb “a friend loves at all times” (Pro. 17:17). The truth is, we often fall short of this high expectation, and so do our friendships.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), and to prove that he meant what he said, he did just that.

See the Mumford & Sons review for more on the incredible truth that God knows us and that he has made the way that we might be set free to know him.


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