Perhaps nothing is more important than knowing we are not alone. Companionship is a fundamental need From the moment we arrive on the planet to the moment we exit, the presence of caring others is essential.
I was blessed to spend this week in the company of 29 children at our Vacation Garden School. We pair up each of the younger children with one of the older children — our “junior counselors.” They travel together throughout the week, and the older child has the ministry of helping the younger one be safe, learn, and have fun. This is hard and holy work, and the junior counselors do it beautifully.
The sight of children holding hands as they walk warms my heart. Overhearing one ask their buddy, “Do you have everything you need?” or “Do you want more watermelon?” is a gift. Because of the good work of the junior counselors, the smaller children — many of whom have never before spent time away from their parents — feel OK from the get-go and are able to revel in the singing, gardening, and storytelling.
Who will you companion today? How might you extend a hand to someone who is feeling bereft or sidelined? Know that even if you feel inadequate to the task, you will be a blessing.