Spiritual directors today are, in a sense, “field guides” along the walk, pointing out interesting highlights and asking you to think more deeply about certain questions. As a field guide, it is hoped that we will at least recognize the terrain. At times, we discover it with you.
We don’t walk the walk for you, but we observe the walk with you aware that God is leading the way and is in relationship with you all the time. The field guide knows the walk with God somewhat because the guide has walked his or her own path, and has walked with others like you. At the same time, the field guide knows that no two walks are ever the same and approaches your experience of the walk with God with humility and wonder.
If you are considering spiritual direction, think about your journey with God. How might a field guide help you along the way?
In our next session, we’ll talk about the word contemplation—what it means and how it relates to the practice of spiritual direction.
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