At The Old Church



We were standing in the old church.  The long time church of her family.  Services were over.  We were all mingling about, slowly making our way to the door.  She saw me.  She smiled.  She hugged me.  As she hugged me she said “I love you”.  She didn’t know me well at the time.  I was startled, surprised at such an intimate statement of depth.  When she said it, startled as I was, I knew it to be true and believed it.   She didn’t quantify it, and she didn’t need to.  I knew .  This human being loved me.  Simply.   She loved me because she was able, capable and willing to accept me and love me.  No reason needed.   I stuttered an “I love you too” back to her.  She smiled at me.  I knew I meant it.  I surprised myself by saying it.  My response was genuine, without forethought or contemplation.  It was truth.  That she set free in me.  To love.  Freely and truthfully.  I thank her for this.











20 thoughts on “At The Old Church

  1. When someone has said those words to me when I really don’t know them, my first reaction is being startled. Then I allow those words to really come into my being, feel them, and immediately I say in return those very words. Very freeing. I know.

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    • I think I’m still a jaded human AmyRose. I don’t know that I would ‘trust’ or have the same feeling with everyone. But with her I did, and I still do. It was a startle to be in the presence of someone that fearless with their love.

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      • I don’t have that same feeling with everyone. Those words are precious to me and I just don’t say them to anyone. The circumstance I’m thinking of was so innocent and so in the moment, yes I was startled. Yet due to who said the I love you, I knew it to be genuine and the words in return bubbled up to be said. No worries, Colleen. You are NOT jaded. You just know those words are precious and not something to just toss around without thought.


  2. It seems to me that you experienced something very unique. You each related to one another with honest and genuine sharing between two people. I wonder how many times we feel that connection and then overthink and question it, thus losing the sweetness of the opportunity. Very tender and special, Colleen!

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