HUG Corner: Thought for the Week - 8/28

Location : North Houston

Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

I know that we live in the lives of those we touch. I have felt in me the living presence of many. I have loved and who have loved me. I experience my daughter’s presence with me daily. And I know that this is not limited to those we know in the flesh, for many guests of my life shared neither time nor space with me.

Elizabeth Watson


All of us experience a kind of spiritual communion with friends who are not necessarily in our immediate physical presence. When we get together after long absences, it seems “as though it were yesterday.” Is this perhaps partly because we do carry one another somewhere in our unconscious minds, though we are separated?

If with the living, why not with the dead? And this sense we have of knowing those whose words we read or whom we hear about, so that if they walked into the room we would know them – is this, too, evidence of a communion of spirits?

The world of the spirit is a world without walls – of time, of space, of physical reality. We can close our eyes, retreat into our selves, and be at home with the throngs of people we know and love. Surely this is in some way akin to the “communion of saints” of which the mystics write.

When I am alone I can choose some company to be with me.

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