All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
I was asked recently why my blogging has reduced to dribs and drabs over the past few months. I gave an evasive answer because I hadn't formed the real one even for myself yet. The evasive answer danced around busy-ness and focus on other things. Admittedly, there is some truth to that. But after thinking about it more, I came up with the rest of the answer.
While I have been focused on other things and I have been busy, I also have felt the need to be quiet. From the start, my blog has been a place for me to be funny, sarcastic, even poignant at times. It's a forum where I talk about my family, show off some photographs and paint the everyday things in life with a bright brush.
It hasn't felt appropriate to be funny or sarcastic these last few months. And being poignant is a vulnerable position to be in these days. Poignance quickly becomes tearful if I'm not careful. So to keep it all in check, I've gone quiet.
In place of my blogging banter, I've been listening, thinking, praying, hoping and believing...all quiet, productive activities.
Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of his willingness. - Julian of Norwich
I will continue to do these quiet activities in honor of someone dear. One day from now, my niece will have a bone marrow transplant. All of us, she, her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, friends of friends, friends of family, her doctors, her nurses, her donor will all be listening, thinking, praying, hoping and believing.
And soon joyful noises will be made by all of us when all manner of things are well.