The 2:00 a.m. Friend

I was parked outside IHOP the other day waiting for my critique partners to arrive for our biweekly breakfast and critique meeting. I noticed a group of gentlemen standing outside. They appeared to be in their late sixties to early seventies. They are there every time we have our meeting. I refer to them as the geriatric delinquents. Friends for years, I’m sure they spent time together in the vice principal’s office and loitered outside McDonald’s or the local malt shop in their younger days and had to be hurried along by the cop on the beat.


My heart and mind went to my own special friends, the relationships that last over the years and the relationships that are newer yet the bond is so strong and tight, it’s like they’ve been in my life forever.


These are the friends you would not hesitate to call at 2:00 a.m. for help. You hope you never have to. I had to once. It was two days before Christmas in 1993. We needed someone to be with our children when we called them from England to tell them their oldest brother had gone to heaven. Without any hesitation, David said yes and his family took our children in to their home until we could get back.


I realized outside the IHOP that I have been blessed with three 2:00 a.m. friends. David, John, and Terry. Thank you.


Who are your 2:00 a.m. friends?


More important: Whose 2:00 a.m. friend are you?


13 Responses to The 2:00 a.m. Friend

  1. Cheryl St.John August 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Great sentiments, Henry!

  2. Loretta J. Eidson August 23, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    My 2:00 a.m. friends are my sisters. Of course I have other friends, but my sisters would be my first call.

    I have received calls at 2:00 a.m. on numerous occasions from my church friends who are in need of prayer. What’s even more exciting is when an unchurched friend calls for prayer. I love it.

  3. Henry August 23, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Thanks, Loretta. I believe when an unchurched friend calls for prayer it’s a testimony of how effective we’ve been living our Christianity. They know we have something that can help them.

  4. Henry August 23, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Thanks, Cheryl.

  5. Julie Marx August 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Geriatric delinquents. That’s hysterical. And I could totally picture it. A thought-provoking post, Henry.

  6. Carol McClain August 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Hey, Henry, I’m a 2 AM friend (sort of). I will have my blog about Journey up tomorrow–so I discovered your blog as I kidnapped a picture.

    Miss you on fearless–hope the book is doing well.

  7. Henry August 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Thank you, Julie. When I watched those guys outside IHOP, I half expected a cop to come by, swinging his billy club, and tell them to move along. And then the Lord led me down the friendship trail.

  8. Henry August 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi, Carol,
    It’s good to hear from you. Thanks for blogging about my book. I’ll check it out tomorrow.

  9. Deborah Dee Harper August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm #


    What a wonderful post! Thanks for reminding me that others need me to be their 2:00 a.m. friend as much as I need them.


  10. A J Hawke August 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I had to laugh at the ‘geriatric delinquents’ description. What a blessing to have friends that one can laugh and remember with. A thought provoking question: To whom am I a 2 am friend to?

    Thanks Henry

  11. Henry August 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, AJ. It is wonderful to have friendships that last through the years.

  12. Henry August 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Your welcome, Deborah.
    Sometimes I don’t know what to say in my blog and then God will drop something into my heart like the geriatric delinquents.

  13. Dorothy Ward-Winters September 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I am fortunate to live in my hometown where my choices of a two a.m. friend are numerous, by the same token, I would be their friend day and night and have been.

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