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Spiritual Companions

Today’s Reflection

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE of having a spiritual friend to talk with?

A spiritual companion is someone you look up to, someone whom you trust. Generally, you judge this person to be farther down the road than you. This companionship would provide an opportunity to state your experience of God to someone; it would assist you to clarify the next steps of your journey with God.

Normally, a spiritual guide will ask questions more than find answers. Finding a mature friend who is willing to talk with you will take time, so don’t be discouraged when he or she doesn’t immediately appear. Part of the selection is the adventure of prayerfully considering different persons and talking with them about your desire for guidance.

Having a friend like this will help you avoid pitfalls; it will spare you times of loneliness; it will give you a sense of accountability. The search for a spiritual friend is worth beginning immediately.

– Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang
Time Away

From page 101 of Time Away: A Guide for Personal Retreat by Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang. Copyright © 2010 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you have a spiritual companion? If so, describe that relationship. If not, what opportunities do you see in having one? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

John 4:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for Sunday school teachers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

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  • Connie March 18, 2017, 7:45 am

    Good morning. My spiritual companions are my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have prayer warriors who I know I can turn to. Also the Upper Room prayer request line. I am very blessed.
    I am looking forward to the first day of Spring!

  • Julie March 18, 2017, 8:10 am

    Those who visit this site

    • Rusty March 18, 2017, 8:36 am

      Nice, Julie. I agree!

      • Connie March 19, 2017, 7:35 am

        Amen to that!

  • robert moeller March 18, 2017, 1:22 pm

    Except for a short time almost 20 years ago, I think the closest I’ve come to a spiritual advisor are those who post here at the UR. Yes, having a spiritual advisor would be a wonderful blessing. Better than a good retreat, my spiritual life would grow and be nurtured. Hopefully, I would be a help of some sort as well.

    Thankful for men’s communion breakfast, plans to raise money and help fight addiction, and a better understanding of the bat problem we are facing at our old home. Thankfully, it looks like we have a good chance to resolve it. Wonderful weather today, there’s a strong hint of spring in the air. Thankful that Warren is coming home from the hospital today after a 2 week stay and a successful operation.

    Prayers for Sunday School teachers and students. I pray there will be more of both in the near future.

    Church tomorrow and hopefully German club too. Prayers for all who come to the UR, may you be sustained by the One who keeps us all from falling. Thank You, Lord.

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