anamchara: appreciating our soul friendship with Jesus

Do you have a soulmate? Someone who you are completely comfortable and truly yourself with? A soul friend who has always got your back and who understands what makes you tick? A person you can totally rely on?

True soul care friends are a rarity but all the more appreciated for being so. As far as a soulmate is concerned, I’m blessed to have that in my husband. No one else quite sees or reads me with such searing acurracy, yet loves me just the same. He has proved loving and faithful for many years and I have no reason to expect that to change.

However, as a fellow flawed human being like me, he is still subject to times when he is less available to me or less able to listen as well as I might want him to. We have to give one another grace for being broken, imperfect people who are just trying their best to meet the other person’s needs.

Thankfully, God has made provision for each and every one of us to have a close soul friend, a totally reliable, loving and faithful friend whose character is unchangeable and whose ability to be there for us is unlimited.

He is able to walk with us every day. To mentor, lead and guide. To sit besides. To love us unreservedly and unconditionally. To patiently wait for us to return when we ignore him for days on end or decide to charge off without him, thinking he won’t notice if we’re missing. To comfort us when we feel sad. To rejoice with us always. To talk to us day or night if we want him to.  Sounds pretty perfect, right?

That’s because He is. Our best soul friend is Jesus Christ. He always has been and always will be. Once we learn who He is, why He came to earth and why He cares so much for us, and invite Him into our heart and home, then we begin to discover just what a treasure He is and why we need Him in our lives.


my anamchara
constant companion, soul friend
beyond this life’s end

you’re my earthly guide
walking by my side, you smile
there’s no judgement here

only perfect love
and total care radiates
with amazing grace

as you gaze my way
at any time, day or night
precious in your sight

I have always been
whether I knew it or not
blowing cold or hot

though you have remained
without alteration or change
faithfully the same

mentoring me still
in ways of grace, love and faith
teaching me your will

helping me to grow
more dependent on you now
yet freer somehow
© joylenton

Note: Anam cara or anamchara’s full meaning can be found here. I have used it in this haiku sequence to reflect our relationship with Jesus Christ.

10 thoughts on “anamchara: appreciating our soul friendship with Jesus

  1. Beautiful, Joy! Yes, Jesus is our one true soul mate and He is always there. Your poem is lovely. I love this last one. It’s so true that the more we depend on Him the freer we are to become the person he wants us to be. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear Joy! xoxo
    “helping me to grow
    more dependent on you now
    yet freer somehow”

    • Yes, what a wonderful privilege it is to have Jesus as “our one true soul mate!” I’m so glad you appreciated the poem. Thank you for your kind encouragement! May we continue to grow in the freedom, courage and faith God desires to give to us as we rest ourselves in Him. Blessings, love and hugs to you too, dear Gayl! xoxo 😊💟

  2. Dear Joy,
    I love these beautiful thoughts about our dearest friend. To think that He, the Son of God, would call us friends is beyond imagining. And yet when we turn and listen, we really do find Him being so close to us! I am so grateful for your friendship and caring, but I am even more grateful for the ways that your words point me in HIS direction. Thank you for always encouraging me to look and listen for His call. Blessings, love and hugs to you dear friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I know, it’s totally mind-blowing, isn’t it? Though we have the responsibility of recognising His presence with us and responding to His wisdom and guidance. Oh what a lovely thing to say about our friendship! I feel exactly the same about you too. 😊 We pray for each other and help one another to heed God’s voice and obey His calling on our lives. Blessings, love and hugs to you too, sweet friend! May your Mother’s Day weekend be truly wonderful in every way. xoxo 💜

  3. Dear Joy, this is a beautiful reminder that no matter how marvelous moments can be with our life partners, Jesus is marvelous every minute. And I loved the twist in the poem about how He makes us more dependent on Him and yet we’re freer than ever.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Dear Wendy, I love the words “Jesus is marvellous every minute” because of their truth and how they remind us to turn to Him with frequency and expectation. Thank you for sharing your heart thoughts here. I appreciate your sweet presence, my friend. Blessings and hugs! 😊💜

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