Reformational Philosophy

The Friend



A friend is a gift to a friend

No, it is not from this earth made heavy

By blood-ties and tradition and promises

Which make things mighty and holy;

No, it is not even where this life bears witness

to respected and hallowed and long-standing customs

and defends and is disciplined by them;

Yes, it is rather a freely chosen

and a freely desired urging of the heart,

needing neither promise nor law

In this a friend becomes indeed a gift to a friend




free translation August 1998 after Dietrich Bonhoeffer Der Freund.

See Dooyeweerd NCTT III 179-180

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