Every study I’ve ever read on this topic says that by the time a man gets to be 40 years old, his network of close friends has dwindled to one or two other men. For most men, their spouse becomes their closest friend, with most male relationships given little time. Women, on the other hand, are good at maintaining their network of friends, even from their youth. Men are far more disconnected and lonely than women are.
The diagnosis is clear, but the treatment is a muddle. Why is that? I come away from scripture reading, prayer, and worship with very few inhibitions or inadequacies, but daily life seems to ram them back down my throat. Is this new, or has it always been this way, and that's why Jesus had to come? And since He did, why isn't all this clearer?
PS. Today's posting of The Word at the right is ironically appropriate, isn't it? (Isaiah 46:4)