By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Years ago I encountered two owls taking residence in our backyard.
Our small country setting, situated near a fairly busy highway, seemed like an unlikely and strange place for the pair to reside ...
until I learned something:
While bending down to pick up brush one day near the tree
I was startled to discover I was holding,
not brush,
but a small portion of wing-span from one of the owls.
And I realized …
the one who was hurt was being
protected, fed, and watched over
by the one that was well.
I watched them differently now;
touched by the simple realities that had temporarily tested their commitment to one another.
They endured the “breach of wing” together beautifully;
mastered the element called time necessary to spawn healthy regrowth,
and resumed a flight pattern about one month later;
albeit in a weakened and altered state.
Whether the weakened owl made it long after is irrelevant to me.
This story illustrates a reality about deep friendship.
It is one thing to love when the wings are whole,
the wind is strong,
and the course of navigation is clear.
It is another thing to love when a wing is clipped or impaired,
the wind doesn’t carry,
and the course of navigation is in question.

The latter testifies to a deep and abiding friendship,
  and the former,
 to a temporal and fleeting one.
Both friendships are a part of life;
but one exceeds the other
in a certain definable,
extraordinary way:
And the “broken” wing becomes the thing ....
that tests both flight and friendship.

To navigate together through the whole;
this is the defining of a true and special friendship.
This is the defining of love.
Give thanks to God for the friends in your life
and become the friend that you need.
“A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24