A Friend To The End

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24

Traditionally, medical schools have trained their students to help patients live, while offering little instruction in helping them face death. But that is changing with the addition of courses in end-of-life care. Physicians are now taught that when they have used all their medical expertise without achieving a cure, they should seize the opportunity to stand compassionately beside their dying patients and be a friend.

Death frightens many of us and makes us feel awkward in the presence of a terminally ill person. But our greatest opportunities to help someone in Jesus’ name may come during a person’s final days on earth.

The Bible speaks of a friendship that knows no limits. “A friend loves at all times,” said the wise man (Proverbs 17:17). And “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (18:24). Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Jesus is both our Great Physician and our Friend, and He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He calls us to stand with our friends and family in His name as their earthly journey nears its end. That’s what a true friend would do.

David McCasland

 A friend is he who always knows
When the cold wind of trouble blows,
Who comes in dark and stormy night
With friendship’s glowing lamp alight.



A true friend stays true to the end.

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