A few years back I wrote a post about Coldplay. Well, Coldplay and spiritual growth.
I was thinking about it this morning. I’ve been in a class this week about being a “spiritual director”, an individual who helps someone become (and remain) open to growing.
One of the helpful metaphors that has come up in the class is the spiritual director as a sort of “midwife”—we are there to “assist” in the birth, but it’s really not our baby nor our labor. We may know a thing or two, but we are not a professional, not separate from the situation. We are in the birth process with you, helping as we can, naming things as we can.
But ultimately the birth process is yours, not ours.
In other words, I still can’t fix you, but
- I’ll be with you during the process
- I’ll try to help identify what you’re going through
- I’ll comfort you when I can and encourage you when you need it
And I’ll celebrate with you when “new birth” arrives.