“Christian friendships are call-and-response friendships. We tell each other over and over, back and forth, the truth of who we are and who God is. Over dinner and on walks, dropping off soup when someone is sick, and in prayer over the phone, we speak the good news to each other. And we become good news to every other.”
– Tish Harrison Warren, The Liturgy of the Ordinary
Everyone needs a friend like that. At Church of the Shepherd, we like to call them Spiritual Companions. But what exactly does that mean?
Spiritual companionship is spiritual growth that we do with a friend. These companions listen, accept, and walk alongside each other. They take a deeper look at their understanding of God and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. As they share their faith, they encourage one another in the bad times and celebrate the good times.
This is an opportunity to sit down with a good friend in an atmosphere of trust and explore your faith freely and openly. It can be a close friend, family member, coworker, or other acquaintance. It doesn’t have to be a member of your church. In fact, it can be very interesting to have a spiritual companion of a different faith tradition!
Life isn’t always easy, and we were never meant to do it alone. And not only do we need each other, but we are challenged to see each other as God sees us. Having a spiritual companion helps us learn to love God, others, and ourselves more fully.
Do you have someone in your life who can be this kind of friend to you? Make time to sit down with them in the next week. Still looking for your spiritual companion? Find yours at Church of the Shepherd by contacting our Spiritual Formation Director, Ben McWhorter-Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org.