Like the sacramental use of water and bread and wine, friendship takes what’s common in human experience and turns it into something holy. ~ Eugene Peterson
Before water and bread and wine were associated with religious ritual, they were some of the most basic components of life, nourishing and strengthening our bodies without fanfare or pretension. In much the same way, friendship is nourishment and strength for my soul. The simple pleasure of spending time with a friend is a basic component of the life of my soul. Even something as low-key as having a coffee and discussing the latest Dr. Who episode strengthens my soul. There is no ritual required to access the benefits of friendship, just the decision to invest my time and allow myself to be vulnerable. But as often as possible there really should be food to share because nothing builds relationship better than sharing food together. I’m not entirely sure why that is, I just know it to be true.
This is Day 7 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is maintaining community and building relationships. I’m reminding myself that laughing at silly jokes together, opening a bottle of wine together or spending time on the tennis court together are all valuable because they are time spent together. This week is the perfect time to call that friend you haven’t seen in awhile and schedule time to get together, just to catch up, to feed your souls.
The previous post in this series is Gratitude
The next post in this series is Looking life in the face