Being Heard into Speaking Our “Sorrows”

early morning sunlight over Koko Head

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday morning I was out early and got this photo. The sight was a JOY and SHARING IT doubles the joy. There is an old saying: Joy shared is joy doubled; sorrow shared is sorrow halved. Perhaps, sorrow isn’t halved, but it is lessened.

A few days ago I heard a good friend as she shared about her old and very sick dog. It wasn’t so much that I heard — but that being heard helped her to speak her sorrow. Speaking our sorrow. Gosh, God, it seems to me doing that, both speaking and hearing, is a Sacred Act. Speaking from our Deep Heart is healing.

Sigh, wouldn’t it be wonderful, God, if we could “sacramentalize” that — or at least name it and appreciate it? I’m good at grumbling — occasionally sniveling — but I am not sure that I have ever Spoken My Sorrows. Hmmm. I am sitting here — realizing for the first time — that I am sort of ashamed or embarrassed to talk about deeper feelings.

Aah, this is An Open Doorway for me, isn’t it God! I feel that You are calling me to HONOR all my feelings. They need to be Named and Heard. That is MY job! And I CAN DO IT!

I would never disrespect another person who shared her grief and sorrows! So, then, I can go and sit in Your Compassionate Presence and dare to call up suppressed emotions and honor them by listening. Hmm. I will REALLY need Your Help, God! This is another LEAP into HUMILITY! And, yes, I am imagining a SPLAT at the bottom. I’m smiling. I’m pretty sure You’re saying that You will scrape me up so I can leap again.

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One comment on “Being Heard into Speaking Our “Sorrows”
  1. Good morning God and Margie, from what little I know of you, I believe you are correct in that you seem to be a shy person despite your outgoing and happy personality when I see you.

    Talking about things that are real to you is often good for the person listening. That person gets the honor of feeling that she knows you a bit better. Sorrow spoken or written about allows the speaker to feel more deeply and at the same time give a bit of that deep sorrow to someone else, thus she feels lighter.

    I one has not felt deep sorrow or deep joy they are missing out of a part of the richness of life and you know I have had a rich life from both points of view.

    This brings up for me, as I write, the time when I was being divorced or tossed aside. At one point I finally stepped back from the pain and addressing God discovered that no one could take away from me the things I had done.

    Love with a tear from Katherine

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