There are times in everyone’s life when something hurts deep inside. It may be a lost love, something stolen, a house fire, or the loss of a job. When that happens what you need most is “A Trusted Friend” who will listen to your tale of woe when you need to vent. Sometimes you need to be that trusted loving friend who listens and doesn't say much. You are just a friend and not a trained counselor so how do you best be that listening ear to your traumatized friend?
A trusted friend keeps personal information confidential and honors what ever lines are drawn between you.
The trusted friend listens with undivided attention and helps to clarify statements but does not react in a negative way no matter how illogical the distressed friend might be.
A trusted friend knows that this is not a time for advice or trite clichés like, “I know how you feel.” Nor do you say, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” God may not but once in a while the world does and when it does we can be there for each other to listen and love as a trusted friend.
Being that trusted friend may be the most important thing you do that day. It will be at least for your friend who trusts you enough to share everything. What a blessing it is to be and to have Trusted Friends.