I notice that the relationships I have with my faith friends, with a few exceptions, have a common denominator. We are only moderately, never excessively, involved in each other’s personal lives. We are spiritually close, but socially there is a distance which enables us to speak God’s truth freely to each other without judgment or critique.
The other day I visited one of these spiritual friends. She is 97 years old, in a wheelchair, and one of the most alert people I know. She was brought up in the Episcopal church, and although hasn’t participated in a church community for years, God’s presence in her life is strong. We talk about whatever is on our mind about faith--our fears and doubts, and well as grace and certainty. And we pray together.