Friendship in the age of Coronavirus

This morning, March 21st, we gathered via Zoom.us for our Sojourners’ Sunday. After checking in to see how folks are faring in this season of social distancing, we talked a bit about friendship, leaning on words from Irish poet, John O’Donohue and his concept of Anam Cara – soul friendship.

“Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.”

— John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

We talked about being at a distance, either great or small, from those we love and how we can find peace in knowing how wonderful they are in the world even if they are not part of our lived experience at this moment.

Like paper lanterns released in the world, their light is still a gift even if we cannot see it with our own eyes right now.

image courtesy Unsplash

And Jayne shared the incredibly meaningful lyrics to For Good.

See y’all next Sunday!

Bennacht

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