Power of FriendshipAudio / Produced by The High Calling
In the years before World War I, England and France had been bitter adversaries. But a voracious learner, an energetic Englishman named Henry Wilson, became head of the British War College.
Ignoring prejudice, in 1909, he attended a lecture by his counterpart, General Foch, at the military college in France. The two men became fast friends.
When war came in 1914, Wilson headed military operations for England. By then, his flourishing friendship with Foch had built trust. And that opened doors for the two countries to sign a mutual protection pact.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Historian Barbara Tuchman called Wilson and Foch’s unlikely rapport “the first cable for the building of a bridge." Who knows the power and potential of your friendships—in the high calling of our daily work?
For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."