I am rereading a book that was recommended to me by LIFE founder Lisa Hawkins, called Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. I am enjoying the book overall for how it applies to me growing in my relationship with the Lord, but there are so many nuggets along the way. This is one I’d like to share.
There is a section that tells the story of Anne Lindbergh and the loss of her son. It is closed with a poem and some commentary from the author that really spoke to me about how having a hardened or broken heart can really damage ones self so much, and that softening and loving again are often the hardest, but only ways to ever end that time. I cannot compare any of my experience to what she endured, but I have learned from it and I hope this can be a blessing to others as it was to me.
Second Sowing by Anne Lindbergh
The milk ungiven in the breast
When the child is gone?
For whom the love locked up in the heart
That is left alone?
That golden yield
Split sod once, overflowed an August field,
Threshed out in pain upon September’s floor,
Now hoarded high in barns, a sterile store.
Break down the bolted door;
Rip open, spread and pour
The grain upon the barren ground
Wherever crack in clod is found.
There is no harvest for the heart alone;
The seed of love must be
The author Gary Thomas continues: As long as our pain and wisdom and lessons are “locked up in the heart” or “hoarded high in barns,” they remain sterile and unfertile. To grow in the midst of difficulties, we must “rip open” the bags of grain and seeds and pour them out wherever we see fertile ground.