Day 8: Reaching Out

Recently as I was leaving Marble’s coffee gathering at the Loft, an attentive Marble member approached me and asked me if I  was ok. She said she noticed I was having difficulty walking.. I said it was a muscle spasms combined with Sciatica and I would be fine. She said she would lift me in prayer and would check in with me the following week.  I limped away grateful that she cared and let me know it.

This conversation sparked a dormant memory from long  ago. I was visiting my daughter at Farm & Wilderness, a Quaker camp in Vermont. The campers and visitors were sitting in a circle in the field talking and enjoying good conversation. I looked across from me and saw a young woman whose face looked sad and in turmoil. I walked across the circle and sat next to her and asked what was she thinking about. And how could I be of help? She was stunned and took a long moment to look at me and said “Oh, I was just thinking about ending all tonight”. How did you know? I didn’t but her face was a distress signal.  I saw it and responded. We walked and talked and she started to feel better. A least that was the feeling I got; . I never saw her again and I hope she didn’t “end it all”. I only know that I saw something and said something. It’s not always easy to approach people but it’s always worth a try.

In Holy boldness I suggest that we take a  moment to connect with each other. See one another and say something.  Or just smile…a smile is also saying something.

Shared by a Member of the Women’s Ministry Team

Published by marblewomen A group of women from Marble Collegiate Church who come together to be inspired and nurtured in our spiritual growth and to be supported through the challenges of life. Our activities include spiritually-oriented programs, small groups, community involvement, social and recreational events and our annual retreat.

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