Pastor Mitzi Mak concludes our series considering the Celtic way of evangelism. She explores the concept of an anam cara, or “soul friend”, while sharing stories from her life and relationships, and the transformative power of cultivating space where people know they are loved and that they belong, even amid our differences.
Matthew 5: 14-16
“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person's soul.”
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, not by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
Reflection & Practice
Jesus modeled friendship by generously listening, loving, and guiding those who he encountered. Spend some time considering a few people who have been soul friends to you in your life. What made you feel loved and cared for by them? How might you extend gratitude to them this week for the meaningful presence they have been in your life?
How can you practice these rhythms to listen deeply, love well, and guide with care? Pray about one person you can connect with in this way and call or meet with them this week.
He Set Me Free
Dust We Are And Shall Return
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
My Sweet Lord