The Solicitude of Suffering

To hold a space

for someone else,

One must have at some time

been held.

To witness a release

in full presence,

One must have experienced

being witnessed.

To feel love

outside of self,

One must have been treasured

by another.

And so it is

that our own suffering

gives us moments of being



and loved,

So that

we may then

offer that grace

from a place




Anna M. Molgard

©2018 Faithsong Publications, LLC

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