Each of us were created with the desire for companionship. Companioning is the act of walking alongside others and sharing the joys and struggles of daily life. All of us do this as we go about our daily life. Some people follow a vocational path of being soul-care providers; counselors, pastors, spiritual directors, and educators.
My friend Katie Skurja is director of Imago Dei Ministries and founder of the Companioning Center. Recently, I attended a Companioning seminar, she co-hosted with her friend Kathi Gatlin from Boldly Loved Ministries.
My cerebral palsy makes walking difficult so when I’m out and about I am either with a friend who helps me get from place to place, or I take my scooter. This time I had neither. When the opening session of the conference ended and we were instructed to go to different classrooms, I knew I was in trouble. Even with my cane, it would have taken me much too long to independently hobble to the right place. Katie noticed I was having a problem and offered to walk me to the right place. As we entered the room, she led me over to the first-round table and introduced me to another woman at the table. Jen graciously chose to step through the fear barrier and helped me the rest of the day.
(Jen’s reflections about our encounter is at http://www.boldlyloved.org/blog)
When class started to talk about shadows, Katie held up a flashlight as she drew our attention to the objects on the table. Depending on where the light was held in relationship to the object, the reflection changed.
There are times in our lives when memories of the past can cast a shadow over our day. During the process of getting settled, memories of being teased as a child in public school emerged. My heart cried, “Get me out of here.” I imagined that everyone thinking “Shame on her. She should have planned the day better. She’s so much trouble.” When I realized these uncomfortable feelings came from a wounded place within my heart. I asked God to comfort and heal my heart.
As God heals the broken places in our hearts, we can enjoy the companionship of our Heavenly Father and each other.
Galatians 6: 2 Bear one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Walk In the light as I’m in the light and have fellowship one with another.