Tuesday, May 19, 2015

We Need Each Other

I came across this poem early last week when I was scanning through the poetry on my kindle. I felt a connection, because my prayer is that my life will encourage others not only in person but in my writing.

It spoke to me and reminded me that our words and actions matter if only one person is reached, even if that person is our own self.

Maybe you think the writing you do is not important.

Think again.

Even if you write for your eyes only there is value in it.

Sometimes writing out our thoughts helps us to see things more clearly.

Sometimes writing helps us to express our joy or sadness.

When I don’t know what to write I just start writing anyway, whatever comes to mind. By getting my thoughts on paper it clears my mind a little. It might look like just a jumble of words, but eventually I will have ideas to use in composing a poem or blog post, which in turn might encourage someone else.


When I read Emily Dickinson’s poem I had no idea how the events of my week would unfold. It turns out that I also needed friends to help and encourage me.

  • First I got news of the death of a friend. I thought of her family and knew that words would not be adequate to ease their pain.

  • A few days later I found out that someone very close was planning to get a divorce. It is breaking my heart. I have no words to ease the ache or make the situation better.

  • Last night I broke a filling in one of my teeth. Having it fixed today caused an unexpected expense. It also caused a disappointment for my mom, because she and I had planned to spend the day together to shop, get pedicures and for me to cut her hair. All that had to be postponed, but she was very understanding and concerned for me.

Why am I writing about all of this?

Simply to say that we all need each other.

There are many things out of our control.

We can’t always keep a heart from breaking or ease an ache or pain, but we can be there for each other. When I asked for prayer online I was encouraged by all the friends who responded. They didn’t have to say much, just an acknowledgement that they cared.

Even if we don’t know what to say, it still helps someone to let them know we are there for them.

This week I didn’t have time to respond to an email bearing sad news, but I acknowledged it right away and explained I would have time to respond better later. This person really appreciated hearing back from me quickly even if I didn’t have any words. It meant a lot to know I cared.

Friends, we all need each other. 

Let’s not let pride or fear get in the way of responding to someone in need. 

We can pray for wisdom and follow God’s leading and nudging in our lives to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

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