Friday, March 12, 2010

Poetry Friday: Separation from those we love

A friend sent me the following this week. It is appropriate to all of us earthquake refugees and to many others as well.

Separation from those we love

Nothing can fill the gap when we are away from those we love,
And it would be wrong to try and find anything.
We must simply hold out and win through.
That sounds very hard at first
but at the same time is is a great consolation,
since leaving the gap unfilled preserves the bonds between us.
It is nonsense to say God fills the gap;
he does not fill it, but keeps it empty so that our communion
with another may be kept alive,
even at the cost of pain.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Poetry Friday roundup is here this week.

1 comment:

Laura Evans said...

This is so true. I don't hold the platitude: God gives you only what you can handle. If that were true, many people would not crawl into a bottle or a blur of drugs.

However, I do believe, tough things happen to us (sometimes as a gift from God, sometimes as a normal by-product from thoughtless humans or by laws of physics which influence the earth), but if we hold on to God's hand, he will walk us through the messy rubble.