Monday, June 6, 2011
SOAP: Week 9 - Sirach
S - "Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant."...."A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself." (Sirach 6: 6, 14-17)
O - Have you a friend that is a good confidant? If so, you are truly blessed. When I first started homeschooling, I felt like I was the only one in the world choosing this way of life. Little by little - God introduced me to more homeschooling families. The families all supported each other with wonderful activities for the children and mothers. Little by little - I met new families with mothers who could be good friends. Today, I am glad to say that I have a real friend in one of my homeschool mothers. It took years to find a confidant like this friend. I greatly admire her and her family. It is wonderful to see homeschooling moms be able to support each other in holy friendship.
A - Always be a good listener when your friends are talking to you. Oftentimes, it is hard to listen when children are making too much noise or need attention. I guess the younger the children are - the more attention they need. Moms with older children can be a great help to mothers with a lot of young ones. Be there for them and support them. Do not remain in a situation where you form a kind of 'click.' Share your gifts and treasures and be known for your love of the faith!
P - I pray that homeschooling mothers will find joy and peace in each others company to support and uplift one another without over scheduling their activities together.