The chant, “Bleibet hier, Stay With Me,” has been a haunting backdrop for me this week. Serious illness and painful life transitions in my faith community and family have called me to hold vigil with those whom I love. With Marge Piercy in her poem, “Gracious Goodness” I ask, “Why is there nothing/I have ever done with anybody/that seems to me so obviously right” than to hold vigil with others? Stay with me. Remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.
And now my sister-in-law is finally at the end of her agonizing journey through Alzheimer’s. She is in hospice at a memory care facility three short miles from me. Stay with me, remain here with me. My vigil candle ablaze, I look toward her care unit and send light. An adaptation of the Loving Kindness prayer finds its way to Phyllis on each breath I send:
May you be safe from harm. May you be free from fear. May you be released from pain. May you pass into light in peace. I love you, Phyllis. May I let you go with joy. There is solace for me in this commingling of spirits.
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Thank you for sharing Rita. Your love for your sister comes through very strongly in your words here. My heart is with you both.
Brady! How good to hear from you. I hope you are well.
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A wonderful way to support your sister-in- law.
On Thu, Apr 13, 2023 at 2:23 PM Spirituality Without Borders: Reflections
Good morning Rita, You have been on my mind, now I know why. Stay With Me, Remain With Me Here, resonated in my soul, as I read your words. Then the words came, I will be with you always, even until the end this time. Matt. 28:20. During this Resurrection time, the living Christ, is with you and us, and your Beloved sister-in-love will be with you always. Blessings, Diana
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Bless you, friend. I am right now getting ready to go say good bye to Phyllis. I’ll carry you in my heart .