Let me keep my distance, always
from those who think they have all the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who sayMysteries, Yes. Mary Oliver
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
Keep company with those who cheer you on in days of celebration and gladness and allow you tears of sadness or shouts of anger in the ordinary days of struggle and waiting. This year I have found myself in a long season of waiting and grieving. And I am so deeply grateful for the company of my life partner, family, spiritual director, and soul friends.
We find renewed strength and endurance to run the race as a “cloud of witnesses” or our cheering company help us to let go, keeping our gaze on Jesus.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… looking to Jesus!Hebrews 12:1-2
IMAGINE. Take a look again at the image. Look it over as a whole piece, what do you feel? Then look at the figures as individuals. Who do you see? Close your eyes for a moment and see the face of someone you love and admire cheering you on. Take a look again at the image. Fill in the faces with the company of those who help you to “look, laugh in astonishment, and bow your head,” as Mary Oliver describes.
Give Thanks. Spend time in gratitude for those who walk alongside your journey. See their faces and their love. You have met partners and friends in the journey. Is there someone who comes to mind that you can cheer on?
Now, Who do you see that you might want to keep distant from, bad company that might know all the answers, but are keeping you distracted, and anxious?
Meditate. Safe Company. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 This verse is so powerful and easy to memorize. Write it on a card and put in top of your coffee maker or laptop.
The Everlasting God, the one who does not grow weary, graciously exchanges his divine energy for my failing strength. As you wait on the Lord, run to his strength, and walk in confident expectation in the good company surrounding you.
Worship. Lord, I tremble in Your presence.
You are taller than the highest of the hills. And stronger than the walls we try to build
You blind me with the beauty of Your face. And draw me close with Your divine embrace
Speak to me with healing in Your words. And fix the things I didn’t know were hurt.