C.S Lewis on Friendship ll

In friendship … we
think we have chosen
our peers. In reality a
few years’ difference in
the dates of our births,
a few more miles
between certain
houses, the choice of
one university instead
of another … the
accident of a topic
being raised or not
raised at a first
meeting—any of these
chances might have
kept us apart. But, for
a Christian, there are,
strictly speaking no
chances. A secret
master of ceremonies
has been at work.
Christ, who said to the
disciples, ‘Ye have not
chosen me, but I have
chosen you,’ can truly
say to every group of
Christian friends, ‘Ye
have not chosen one
another but I have
chosen you for one
another.’ The
friendship is not a
reward for our
discriminating and
good taste in finding
one another out. It is
the instrument by
which God reveals to
each of us the
beauties of others.

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