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Put on new shoes

At our coordinators’ meeting held in Newcastle, we were stimulated to rediscover the meaning of Koinonia and therefore the importance of drawing closer to one another.

 

The Lord spoke to us in a very singular way through an image of brothers and sisters exchanging shoes with each other. This simple gesture enfolds an important message. Firstly, I need to remove my shoe, give up something that is intimately part of my way of life, of the way I walk and then hand it over to a brother or sister trusting that he or she will do the same.

 

When he or she does this, then I have to make an effort to put on his or her shoe and walk together. The whole dynamic has a lot to do with me leaving my comfort zone and the way I do things, in order to understand by experience, the life of my brother or sister. 

 

At the same time, it opens me up to a new way, new experiences and to the understanding of what he or she is really going through. Somehow, it sets me free from myself in order to love others.

Koinonia is not about some anonymous group of people who meet to pray, work or evangelise together. It is a walk towards communion that requires truthfulness, that compels us to remove our masks, fears and our old ways in order to honestly open up to the other so that Christ can be manifest in us all.

IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.

/African Proverb/

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