""Blessings Strengthen life and feed life just as water does." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

This blog is a digital blessing bowl, a place to record the small blessings that are often missed or forgotten but which make life holy. Feel free to add your own blessings to my blessing bowl. Or perhaps you'll be encouraged to start your own.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Best listened to with others

The death of a beloved is an event that rings and rings through a life: bearing it is not a problem to be solved, but a long, slow piece of music to listen to. And mourning, like music, is best listened to with others.

- Sarah Miles, from her book Jesus Freak
This quote arrived in my e-mail box today as part of the "Verse and Voice" e-mail that I receive daily from Sojourners.  It was especially timely and so beautiful and true.  There are no words to describe how blessed my family is by our love for one another.  We will continue to listen to the music of mourning together.  My siblings and I know it well, having lost our mother in 1971 when she was just 44 years old.  The music has changed over the years, and it changed again this past week with the death of our father.  It had been background music for years - with the volume occasionally turned up.  The music surrounds us and vibrates through us now.  We will dance and sway to this new music, remembering our father's smile and the joy in him that was so contagious.  We will try to make him proud.

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