That is a very nice piece:) I understand where the author is coming from. I think we have all had friends who have distanced themselves from us for one reason or another. Especially when we are the types of personalities that refuse to just go with the flow.
Jesus had many friends who stuck by him and many who although considered themselves righteous, distanced themselves from him. But, Jesus understood that not everyone can agree on everything and it is important to the self and all surrounding entities that we stay in touch with our convictions. This is one reason for the advice on who we surround ourselves with and let influence us.
I personally do not find any comfort in spending time with people who do not share my passion for nondestructive behavior, no matter how much I love them. Our friends won't always agree with our stance, but they will have the benefit from our message. It is up to that individual to make responsible changes or live with their current weaknesses, and many times they will distance themselves from the positive information or influence in their lives (you) to soothe their own egos - and that is completely up to them.
I think this is the situation with Dr. Joyce's friend. The only thing we can do is bring the message of peace and ultimately they must decide which path they will take; just as God allows and encourages all of us -his friends and loved ones- to support him or run away. Our very own mothers could hold us only for so long, eventually we had to make choices for ourselves. This is human nature and we must press on to find our strength in those who do share our values.
I pray that Dr. Joyce finds her strength in new positive people that she will meet along her journey; I know that she will find much more happiness then...