A true friend stays the course

David Jones on how friend­ship is one of the most pre­cious gifts of life

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

ALL roads lead to Llanel­wedd as the big­gest agri­cul­tural show in Europe an­nu­ally at­tract­ing more than 200,000 vis­i­tors takes place.

The ‘Royal Welsh’ brings to­gether the best in the world of agri­cul­ture and has be­come pres­ti­gious in its own right by at­tract­ing ex­hibitors from through­out Wales and be­yond.

The qual­ity of com­pe­ti­tion in all fields is al­ways of the high­est or­der and with sheep dog tri­als, sheep shear­ing com­pe­ti­tions, fal­conry, and the added at­trac­tions of arts shows and crafts there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

This year is the 100th show with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Corn­wall present for the open­ing cer­e­mony af­firm­ing its Royal sta­tus and the im­mense con­tri­bu­tion the show makes to the agri­cul­tural econ­omy of Wales.

The ap­peal of the Royal Welsh goes much fur­ther than just en­joy­ing the ex­hibits and seeing top class en­tries.

Just to walk around the field and meet up with friends we may not have seen since last year is in it­self a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence.

Add to that some good weather and the lovely set­ting of the Powys coun­try­side and the mix is just right.

Such meet­ings can, of course, lead to much more.

Many a ro­mance has blos­somed as com­mon in­ter­ests in farm­ing and agri­cul­ture have been shared.

So much so that some have com­mented that mar­riages are not only made in heaven, but at Llanel­wedd as well!

Friend­ship is, of course, one of the most pre­cious gifts of life. A true friend stays the course of be­ing there for us in good times as well as bad. True friend­ship is also some­thing which is es­sen­tially prac­ti­cal be­cause we have to work at it.

It means that we do not call it a day when we have dif­fer­ences or when some­thing was needed to be said which only a true friend would say.

Je­sus’ friend­ship of­ten ex­tended to those who were re­jected by their peers. The woman at the well of Sa­maria, who came to draw wa­ter on her own be­cause of her du­bi­ous char­ac­ter. Mathew and Zac­cha­eus, the hated tax col­lec­tors, were so changed be­cause while they were con­sid­ered to be cheats and quis­lings Je­sus took time to be­friend them.

An adul­ter­ous woman sur­rounded by the so­called ‘re­li­gious’ ready to stone her to death was picked up by his gen­tle for­giv­ing hand. That’s what true friend­ship does – it breaks bar­ri­ers and never gives up. Hope­fully the Royal Welsh will be an­other re­sound­ing suc­cess this year and that ev­ery­one will re­turn from Llanel­wedd re­freshed and re­newed hav­ing met old friends and made many more!

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