A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him up at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and lose), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Pleases wake me at 5:00 AM.” He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM. Wake Up!”
I can’t give solutions to all of life’s problems, doubts or fears.
But I can listen to you, and together we will search for answer.
I can’t change your past with all its heartache and pain, or the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.
I can’t keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.
Your joys, triumphs, successes and happinesses are not mine.
Yet, I can share in your laughter.
Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge.
I can only support you, encourage you and help you when you ask.
I can’t prevent you from falling away from friendship, from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.
I can’t give you boundaries, which I have determined for you.
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow, room to be yourself.
I can’t keep your heart from breaking or hurting.
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces and put them back in place.
I can’t tell who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.