Friendship - "Do you see the same truth?"
Some friends of ours are FINALLY getting married on July 12th after an eight year courtship. Ken and I were instrumental in getting them together in Ukraine, one is from Texas the other from Michigan. So I guess that qualifies us as bona fide matchmakers for people who are about our age. However, it may be too soon to tell for sure that this knot will actually be tied because they haven’t gotten married YET.
Other false starts make me leary to even write about this unique friendship that started in Ukraine and has continued over e-mail and phone calls these eight long years. I found out about this upcoming wedding on a Skype conversation the other day, my friend still isn’t quite sure herself this is going to pull off so she sent me a simple attachment as a wedding invitation. So low budget will this wedding be, yet we intend to fly from Kazakhstan home to Minnesota first and then the next day after fly down for the wedding in Texas. The TRUTH of their union together as man and wife will sink in once they both say “I do.” Until then, it is still up in the air.
From C.S. Lewis’ Four Loves he wrote the following in chapter four:
In our own time Friendship arises in the same way. For us of course the shared activity and therefore the companionship on which Friendship supervenes will not often be a bodily one like hunting or fighting. It may be a common religion, common studies, a common profession, even a common recreation. All who share it will be our companions: but one or two or three who share something more will be our friends. In this kind of love as Emerson said, “Do you love me? means Do you see the same truth? - Or at least, “Do you care about the same truth?’ The man who agrees with us that some question, little regarded by others, is of great importance can be our Friend. He need not agree with us about the answer.”
I hope the “answer” on July 12th will be a resounding ”I do.”