If you are person living with a fur; dog, cat, ferret, heck-even fish – the you know the importance of this kind of love. It’s completely non-conditional, they want nothing from you, except for love, but they don’t expect it. They may “talk” to you, but it will be more like baby talk-woof, meow, purr, or bubbles in the tank!
The companionship of an animal helps alleviate stress, loneliness and I’ve found to be a very gentle form of healing.
I wonder when Jesus was a child, did He have a pet? Were animals domesticated yet? I know the Queen of Sheba had many cats!
Have you found compassion with an animal? Do you live with a furry creature?
What does companionship have to do with faith? A lot, as it turns out! Conversation, conversion, discernment, spiritual direction, even sharing in community projects. It’s always more enjoyable with a friend.
If you regularly attend a church, you maybe involved with the different ministries that support the members or outside communities; such as social justice.
I’ve found that using the skills you already have can help others in what they may need. If you are organized, maybe help with the food shelf. If you like to read, volunteer to proof the newsletter. If you enjoy hearing about the “old days,” visit your elderly members. There is always a way to reach out, and in doing so, you increase your faith, and likely – that of those you are in contact with.
When you are a bright light in a dark world, sharing your testimony of faith is a gift to those who are open to hear it. I give God ALL the glory for bringing me out of ovarian cancer and healing my body. God planted the seeds for research and treatment, I am blessed beyond words, to be alive. Alive and well and cancer free.
So when you need a friend, reach out to those who know you, and perhaps you will extend your reach even further, to those you don’t.