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The loftiest test of friendship —understood as companionship —is the...

From the August 1892 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The loftiest test of friendship —understood as companionship —is the power to do without it. And in this world of external confusions and separations, there is often such need. We do not yield the friendship, but must forego the companionship. Then comes the proof of our capacity for sacrifice, our loyalty to the Highest of all. We turn our faces from each other, but never our hearts, and walk our opposite ways. Gradually the heavens widen and deepen above us; we find ourselves breathing new, yet strangely familiar atmospheres, sweet with the breath of the old affection we see ourselves each— sees the other— met once more in a Presence which has never forsaken us the presence of One who puts His cross into the hands of all holiest friendship, saying, "Conquer by this!" There is no danger of losing love, here or hereafter, if it is only real; for love is the one indestructible element in the universe.—

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