by Br Doug Dawick, FMS
Very often three little words can make all the difference — to patch up, initiate, support, build. Let’s look at some of them.
I am here. Being present for someone is possibly the greatest gift we can give.
I miss you. This is a powerful affirmation that tells someone he/she is wanted, needed, loved.
You are right. This is great for diffusing an argument and restoring damaged emotions. The flip side is the humble admission, “I am wrong”.
Please forgive me. Many broken relationships could be restored if only we’d admit our mistakes and ask forgiveness. It’s hard to swallow our pride, but it shows we are wiser today than we were yesterday.
I thank you. It’s so easy to overlook this, especially towards our closest friends. We shouldn’t take others for granted.
Count on me. A friend walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is the glue that bonds people.
Let me help. The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. Without being asked, they pitch in and help.
I love you. Did you think this would be the first in the list? This is reserved for the very special people in our lives.
So often God speaks to us in messages of three words, even when our relationship with him isn’t as close as we’d like it to be at times. We can be reassured that, no matter what, God will always say to us: I love you; I forgive you; You are mine; Take my hand; Go in peace.
Doug Dawick is a Marist Brother involved with Marist Young Adult Ministry.