Friday, December 14, 2012

On Community and Journey Friends

"A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity." -Proverbs 17:17


This week, I had the pleasure and joy to meet up with my good friend Traci.

Traci is one of those people you can sit down with and the fullness of life and the Lord is evident when you are with her. We laugh and yet talk about things that people might not talk about much, because we know where each other has been, and what may appear awkward becomes normal.

 
 
 

Not sure you can really see it from these pictures (and okay we're not actually related), but we're mistaken for sisters sometimes when we're together.

I'm always thankful when I remember where God has met needs I didn't even know I had at the time in the form of faithful friends.

Change is good.
I'm in the field of helping people; I have been for years, but through counseling I work with people on discovering what kinds of things they'd like to see change. One thing that saddens me is when I see people who don't have support systems in their lives. I'm constantly reminded, from my own life as well, that things are so much harder when we try to go this journey alone!

So, back when I didn't even know I needed a small-small group like this, Traci was part of a group of mine at church that were called Journey Groups, smaller groups who met and were able to walk through life and faith together in a closer way. We started out unsure what it would become, but it was a truly redemptive smaller community within a community. I'm still reminded of the life that can spring up from those places when I let it.

What do you like about community? What is challenging about community?

Who are those friends in your life who have journeyed with you and seen you down the long roads?

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