Soul Friend

This week, Pastor Mitzi Mak continues our series on The Celtic Way of Evangelism. She explores the Celtic concept of a “soul friend” and shares from her own life how powerful it is to create a space where people know they are loved, and that they belong before they ever believe the same things we do on their journey towards faith.

Text

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 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.

 

Worship Set

He Set Me Free

Rising Sun

In Feast Or Fallow

Mystery

Open Up

Be Still My Soul (Psalm 131)

 

Benediction