2. A “Companioning Window”
Jesus ‘Come to me’ as a “Companioning Window”
David’s desire as a guide and companion is to be formed and shaped in the way of Jesus. In cooperation with the Spirit, he seeks to embody and reflect to a pilgrim Jesus’ vicarious solidarity and loving relational presence. He invites troubled, burdened and searching pilgrims into the place of Jesus’ rest—a place in which they can become more attentive to the life that is in front of them. He seeks to engage with the gentle and humble heart of Jesus and bring this into relationship with the heart of the pilgrim. He takes great care not to lay any addition burdens of expectation or judgment on the shoulders of pilgrims.
David is aware that engagement with the unfreedoms and estrangements of pilgrims is to walk with them across fiercely contested ground. It is here that the personal solidarity and relational presence he seeks to offer needs to be intricately entwined with a greater self-giving solidarity and dynamic relational presence of Jesus who, through the Holy Spirit, provides a shepherding, redeeming and protective accompaniment. It is David’s great joy to witness pilgrims invited to return to their true home in God’s loving and life-giving presence; the destination of their deepest longing where they can walk lightly and freely in the footsteps of Jesus.
In David’s time of prayer and reflection, following a session with a pilgrim, he will ask the Holy Spirit to bring to his attention one of the gospel accounts of Jesus engaging a pilgrim. He will imagine himself visiting this scene and inquiring of Jesus as to what he is doing. He might then invite Jesus to visit his session and to show more of his way in the context of David’s guiding and companioning.
David will often use Jesus’ “Come to me . . . window” as a reference point in such a reflection. It can give rise to a question such as:
- Jesus, in your encounter with the Samaritan woman, how did you bring her into that place of rest in order that she engaged with the deeper desires of her heart (the longing for the Messiah)?
- How important was it to be of humble and gentle heart when you brought Martha face-to-face with what was happening within her?
- How did you invite both of these women into the place where they found rest for their souls?
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