Good on you, Friend — Joy Cowley, New Zealand

Friends, by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

Good on you, Friend,
for being a presence of Christ to me.
You came when I needed you
I didn’t have to ask. You didn’t have to say.
You just turned up out of the blue,
carrying no luggage,
both hands free to carry mine,
and somehow, you made it look
as though I was doing you a favour,
letting you be there.

It beats me how you knew what a burden I was bearing.
You know, I can’t believe that I talked so much
or that you could be attentive for such a long time.
But I do know that when I left you,
the sun was shining
and there was a beautiful day waiting to be used.

So good on you, friend, for being there, and letting me tell my story,
and for giving to me three ways
as a friend
as a teacher of what friendship is all about
and as a channel of something that I call holiness.

Joy Cowley is a prolific writer of spiritual books and children’s books. This Psalm is from Come and See which includes liturgical items based on Biblical texts. A list of Joy’s publications will give you an idea of the breadth of her writing. All royalties from her books support an orphanage in South India.