I wonder about the walk along the seashore where Jesus challenges Peter to focus on his walk with God, rather than worry about the disciple behind them. Worrying about what other Christians are doing means not paying attention to what God wants us to do!
|Walking along the seashore. Image via Pixabay.|
It is a great comfort to know we are all in the same boat, needing that mercy and grace.
|Someone here is listing their troubles. Image via Pixabay.|
One thing I love about the writing world is its strong sense of community. I’ve recently returned from the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School and caught up with old friends, made new ones, and learned so much from the workshops. I also picked up useful advice talking at meal times with fellow writers, which is a nice way to learn.
|A view of part of the grounds at Swanwick. Image taken by Allison Symes.|
The “white badgers” (those coming to the school for the first time, as I did last year) were made welcome with their own reception, given the guided tour and what could be done to break them in gently was done!
Throughout the week, the fellowship between writers never wavered, whether it was sharing thoughts on courses or discussing works in progress. People were keen to share and you never know when what you discover this way will benefit you. But it is the sense of helping one another, no matter how far along you are on the writing road (or otherwise), that helps make Swanwick special.
|The road ahead is not always clear. Image via Pixabay.|
Helping one another on our spiritual road is something we can all do. I’ve found, as I am sure you will have done, just knowing someone is praying for you when life has thrown the proverbial spanner in the works comforting and enhancing. It can and does make the difference between coping with a situation or not.
We all have our life experiences, which may be used by God to help you to help someone else. It is a question of being open to that possibility. Sometimes the best help of all for someone is knowing others have been through the same or similar experiences and a word of encouragement is what is needed.
We need to feed one another so let us use encouragement as a great place on the “menu” to start!