To a church full of grieving, sobbing, hurting people, Music came with the intent to comfort, thoughtful Words came with a desire to heal. Both tore through scars, new and old, both picked scabs off wounds, new and old, both hurt. Tears flowed freely. Both caressed and soothed, both touched a place deep within.
Music and Words shook hands with Grief and Sorrow, who filled the space, gently nudging them to the back of the room.
Both melted hearts and amalgamated everyone into one. A bereaved mother spoke most lovingly about her son and of her resolve to spend each moment of the rest of her life loving and being loved. A bereaved daughter spoke of her newfound ability to cherish the beautiful memories of her mother with a smile, after more than 6 years of her mother’s sad death. A young man spoke of his struggles with Bipolar Disorder. Everyone listened and felt with all their being.
Once again I watched life play out in front of me from a distance as if on a film screen. What was I doing there? It looked like I completely belonged to this community. It looked like I was happy to be there with so many lovely people. The exchanges were deep and meaningful. The hugs and smiles were more real than real. But, who was this person? Who was she and who am I?
The Aliens – by Charles Bukowski:
you may not believe it
but there are people
who go through life with
they dress well, eat
well, sleep well.
they are contented with
they have moments of
but all in all
they are undisturbed
and often feel
and when they die
it is an easy
death, usually in their
you may not believe
but such people do
but I am not one of
oh no, I am not one
I am not even near
but they are
and I am
Saengeeta, I enjoyed meeting you yesterday after the Service – which you describe so movingly in your blog post – but what I meant to say to you and forgot to, is that I love hearing about Saagar and wish him good morning whenever I open your blog and see his beautiful smile! Your blog has brought him alive in peoples hearts.
Following your advice I have looked at ContactNI, but I am not sure what the 7th tab is that you referred to…
Sending you many blessings and good wishes, Sarah
Dear Sara, It was lovely to meet you too. Thank you for your kind remarks and for holding Saagar so close to your heart. Please do send me the link to your blog again as I would like to get to know William better. Here is the link I mentioned. As you scroll down, see the 7th presentation by Joe Rafferty. All the others are good too.
Lots of love,
Dear Sangeeta, it is good to have this link, thank you. I read your presentation when you blogged about it and found it useful.
My blog about William is on private settings, but if you are happy to send me your email I will email you the invite to register. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Love from Sarah