So in the room called Remember it is possible to find peace – the peace that comes from looking back and remembering to remember that though most of the time we failed to see it, we were never really alone.
Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “A Room Called Remember”
The voice didn’t say
You are utterly alone:
I would have heard the lie for what it was.
No, it said
You will always feel this alone;
You will always be misunderstood;
You will never have what you are longing for.
All is dark and there is no remedy.
And so, I felt that alone,
I felt the aching longing,
I felt the desolation of that voice.
I felt it as long as I listened,
“Show us a sign,” the people said.
“What sign shall I give to a people who don’t listen?” he said,
“There are signs all around you.
Wake up, pay attention, and see.
I am at hand, right here with you.”
The children could see –
the mouths of babes proclaimed it,
and still do.
What woke me from the desolating dream?
Grace, I’m sure;
the nearness of children;
the weariness of being weary;
giving up on giving up;
becoming aware the voice was just a voice;
Reaching out to touch the hem of His garment –
if I just touch it, I will be healed.
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