Inspiration for Spring Retreat (5/1/2013)

Soon after we announced our Spring Retreat, I heard the poetry of
Emily Dickinson and Jane Kenyon put to music, and performed in my parish
church by a gifted soprano, Jessica Usherwood. 

Two verses stand out as we prepare to consider "How Women of  Faith Care for the
Sick, the Dying, and Those who Survive."

In 'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us
So' by Emily Dickinson, she begins
      'Tis not that dying hurts us so--
      'Tis living hurts us more--
      But dying --is a different way
      A Kind behind the Door.

With 'Let Evening Come' Jane Kenyon
closes with these lines:
     Let it come, as it will, and don't
     Be afraid, God does not leave us
     comfortless, so let evening come.

Each poet probes the struggle and pain that we and our loved ones
endure during illnesses and injuries, and where we turn for strength and comfort
during these times.

Marilyn Gehant, Soul Space Foundress