"oh, abide with me,
where it's breathless and it's empty;
yes, abide with me,
and we'll pass the evening gently;
stay awake with me,
and we'll listen more intently..."
Carrie Newcomer's "Abide," is a most perfect description of the shared silence I so value in our marriage.
There are many day -- and even more nights -- where we share the space of our small home without sharing words. And yet, I have rarely felt so completely heard, understood, and known.
It is this "quietness of now" which allows each of us to serve our communities in the ways that we are most inspired to do -- moment-by-moment. I feel loved and supported in the deep silence of this space we occupy together.
To know that the person I am with, is listening into the quiet - with me - is such a comfort. And it brings great peace.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her 1898 communion message:
"My sense of nature's rich glooms is, that loneness lacks but one charm to make it half divine — a friend, with whom to whisper, “Solitude is sweet.” Certain moods of mind find an indefinable pleasure in stillness, soft, silent as the storm's sudden hush; for nature's stillness is voiced with a hum of harmony, the gentle murmur of early morn, the evening's closing vespers, and lyre of bird and brooklet.
“O sacred solitude! divine retreat!"
I have been so blessed to have a life partner, children, dogs, and a friend, who share my love for simplicity, solitude, and silence. In these relationships, I have found the most profound kind of companionship. They are my sanctuary - my home.
I feel blessed -- pure and simple. I feel so blessed.
offered with Love,