Five Minute Friday – QUIET

Some Fridays I respond to a prompt for Christian writers on the http://www.fiveminutefriday.com website. Here is my response for today’s topic – QUIET.

My husband passed into Heaven 5 weeks ago, and when I meet friends, the first thing they ask is “How are you doing?”

I usually say something innocuous, and sometimes that is the end of the conversation. But sometimes they ask, “What is the biggest change for you?” To that I answer, “THE QUIET.”

A Quiet Place

It isn’t that my husband talked often or loudly, but it is the quiet that fills the house unless I make it otherwise.

At first it was uncomfortable and almost eerie, but not so much anymore. Actually, I quite like it. It gives me space to think without noise distracting me. It gives me much more time to pray and much more reason to pray. No one else is listening to me right now – only God. I smiled as I typed that, because I know I only have to pick up my phone and call someone to have them hear me, but God doesn’t need the phone. He is right here with me. And He is listening.

Many years ago I read a poem that begins, “I needed the quiet, so God put me aside.” I thought of that this morning, so I researched and found the entire poem. Even though the poem was written by someone who was sidelined due to injury, the idea is still there. Here it is. May God bless you today in the quiet of your day.

 I needed the quiet so he drew me aside
     Into the shadows where we could confide,
     Away from the bustle where all the day long
     I hurried and worried when active and strong.
     I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled,
     But gently, so gently my cross he upheld,
     And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
     Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings
     To heights never heard of when active and bright,
     He loved me so greatly he drew me away.
     I needed the quiet, no prison my bed,
     But a beautiful valley of blessings instead —
     A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide
     I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.

                                    – Alice H. Mortenson

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

29 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – QUIET

  1. This reminds me of the verse, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” I’m sure that in your quiet now you are going to learn so much and then share with us. I look forward to how God is and will use you. Blessings, my friend.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. But I do love this post. “I needed the quiet so God put me aside.” That’s an awesome thought. And if we could always keep it in mind, it could change any moment or period of silence and solitude into fertile ground for himself. I pray that God will meet with you in the quiet he is giving you right now, and comfort you with his presence.

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  3. Don’t know how it’s going to be
    for Barb when I am gone,
    lacking the ol’ noisy me,
    too loud in jokes and song,
    and using lots of power tools
    (can’t get now, to my shop);
    how, then, when my body cools,
    and all the noises stop?
    Will she breathe sigh of relief,
    meet silence in concorde,
    and as befits her firm belief
    draw closer to the Lord?
    What will betide I cannot say,
    but now, while I’m alive, I pray.

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  4. This is a powerful statement, “No one else is listening to me right now – only God.”

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem by Alice Mortenson. May you continue to find comfort in His loving Presence.
    ~Lisa, FMF #20

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  5. I am sorry for your loss, it must be devastating after being wife and carer. I love the poem, thank you for sharing. May you know God’s peace and love in every moment.

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  6. When I think about you my sister, I think about how you do have two roommates.
    John 14:23- Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

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  7. Thank you, dear Cheryl. We all need that quiet in our lives. “Be still and know that I am God” rings true. Btw: did you ever memorize the poem “I met God in the morning when the day was at its best . .” ? That’s another good one to be reminded of, these days of busyness.
    Have blessed weekend!
    Mary

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    1. Yes, I did! “And his presence came like sunrise, Like a glory in my breast!” Yes, It is beautiful also! It reminds me to start my day with God. Here’s another that I memorized: “In the morning, I see His face, In the evening, His form I trace. In the darkness, His voice I know. I see Jesus everywhere I go.” (It was a little chorus we used to sing.)

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  8. Last year my older brother passed away. A few weeks later when I spoke by phone to my sister-in-law she responded the same way. “It’s so quiet in this house”, she told me. It is interesting that you notice the same thing. She has fought off entreaties from her eldest daughter and her son to come live with them. They both live out of state. She has no desire to move in with her children far away. She loves them but… Her youngest daughter lives close by. She has many friends nearby. Godspeed to you. — keep writing. I often find inspiration in your thoughts and commentary.

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  9. My condolences. I understand what you mean about the quiet – there are days I wonder how I’ll cope with it if my husband is taken before me. But then I know, like you, that God’s presence will surround me.

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