AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP is found with someone who accepts us as we are. A sure sign of spiritual friendship is when we feel willingness, even a desire, to risk disclosing our true self. Stressful transitions, times of profound grief and loss, moments when we must release some anxiety or fear, hopes we long to express that cannot yet be voiced in public — these are the moments when nothing is as comforting as a companion with whom we can be completely transparent.
– Stephanie Ford
Kindred Souls: Connecting through Spiritual Friendship
From p. 33 of Kindred Souls: Connecting through Spiritual Friendship by Stephanie Ford. Copyright © 2006 by the author. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Do you share a spiritual friendship with someone? Share your thoughts.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
Psalm 22:1, NRSV
This Week: pray for those without enough to eat. 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: John Woolman (October 7).
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