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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
– Henri Nouwen
I think that we should understand Nouwen’s above statement as a metaphysical statement. I mean, it’s not just about which friends mean the most to us, but how meaning itself is shaped in human interactions. When we understand Nouwen’s own Christian background, it makes perfect sense to read the statement as about both the way we have friendship and the way that Christ interprets Himself to us as the God Who Suffers.