Nov 16, 2009

Spiritual Friendships


"And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God."

- I Samuel 23:16 (NIV)

I've been listening to Spiritual Friendships, a series with Mindy Caliguire on Midday Connection.

Women are well known for our friendships. Girl Talk, Girls Night Out, Soul Sisters, YaYa Sisterhood and all that. We need each other, but much of our friendships remain on a superficial level. Have you ever wanted more? Have you ever needed more?

"You can sit around and chat and feel a certain measure of relief, or you can be a part of God transforming someone's life," says Caliguire. That pierced my heart. I desire the deeper friendship of a spiritual friendship, one where we can mirror each other -- point out growth and changes in each other, especially when we feel there is no growth.

David, the friend, was at odds with King Saul, Jonathan's father. When David knew Saul was out to kill him, he ran away and hid in a cave. Jonathan found David and helped him focus on God. When my friend, like David, runs and hides, am I able to help her find strength in God? Do I even notice?

  • Do I know what my friend's afraid of?
  • Do I know where my friend hides?
  • Do I know how to find her?
  • Would I be willing to go?
  • When I get there, do I know how to help her reconnect with God?
  • Do I know what would help her find strength in God?

Click here to find all the "Spiritual Friendships" past programs in Midday Connection's archives. This is an excellent series with challenging thoughts and great tips to make your friendships better.


~Connie said...

Nice! I needed this ... and want to be this type of friend. Thanks!

JMaslar said...

I love that picture, it is a classic!