I have a friend who is going through a Very Difficult Thing, and so today I and some other friends sat with her and her family at the Frederick Friends Meeting house. We showed-up, held hands, and shared tissues together. If you haven’t attended a Quaker meeting, you might not know that the service is conducted in silence, much like an hour-long meditation. Members listen for the quiet voice of God and will occasionally stand to speak what is on their hearts. These spoken words pierced me today:
“You are sad, and so we are sad. You are hurting, and so we are hurting. You do not have answers, only questions, and so we are waiting for answers with you.”
Feeling all of the feelings together. That’s often all that any of us can do for one another.
It’s often all that’s really needed.