I love, I love to hear stories of friendships between men and women who trusted each other to practice ordinary close friendship in one or the other's home. Just a small excerpt from Friends for Journey by Madeleine L'Engle & Luci Shaw. This is in the context of cross-gender friendships. Luci had been invited by Richard Foster to come to Friends University as a visiting scholar. A fellow named Harold Fickett gave Luci the keys to his place when she arrived in Wichita and suggested to her that on her free evenings she was welcome to come and study at his place instead of enduring solitude. She ended up taking him up on his offer. She and Harold became close friends:
"There was a good deal of prayer together, of sharing wounds and losses, and celebrating gains. We saw many movies together, listened to music, cooked gourmet meals for each other. There was a lot of book talk and God talk."