"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship." -c.s. lewis
Perhaps true friendship is found in the simple act of being (maybe not such a simple act for us in today's age) and allowing another to truly know us.... In essence giving another an admission into our lives, costly as it may be, instead of giving them an edited version of what we think they want us to be.
Perhaps becoming vulnerable like this involves arranged time to be with God, no agenda included. Doing this is in and of itself a step forward on our part, and I think that God does meet us there.... continuing redemptive work in us.
Perhaps a world that is full of disruption, distrust, dissension, death....perhaps this world would do well to "Be still and know that I am God." We would do well to remember that God will reign victorious, His ways will prevail, the God of Israel is our fortress, even in today's world.