Post by Inside the Divine Pattern.
Is it a long time since you heard anyone preach on the gift of helping? The picture above tells it all, I think. The friend is not above or below but beside. Equally, helping should not be taken for granted, should not go unremarked or unthanked.
Sometimes the helping is in the larger things, sometimes it is in the small, unremarked things. Both can be equally important. Importantly, helping is a gift from God. God disperses the gifts in various kinds and various ways. It is likely that they are dispersed as God sees the need. It is clear though that friendship almost always goes hand in hand with helping. As many will testify, the helping testifies to the strong fabric of a friendship.