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