The Words We Need to Speak

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“How are you feeling?”

Depending on the chapter in my life, my response to that question has been excitement, anxiety, or downright queasiness. It’s rarely easy to talk about “that emotion thing,” even for those who are the most comfortable in their own skin. The distance between our own hearts and those of others can seem an acre of more, making it terrifying to open our mouths and communicate what’s going on inside us. As Michael Card puts it,

The space between ourselves sometimes
Is more than the distance between the stars.

And so, too often my response is to seal up like an oyster, pretending the things I’m sure I’m feeling aren’t really there. It’s safe in here. It’s quiet.

Except for the voices in my heart. They’re not so quiet, unfortunately.

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