Good Friends

Goodbye Good Friend April 10 2011
Today I listened to a pile of voicemails on my cell phone,
And heard your voice, your words of love,
From before you died last week –
Like words from spirit-life —
A greeting in your voice
After my heart has said good-bye
And wept from missing you.

This weekend, too, upon finding friends

Who’d come across the country to a meeting.
I realized just how strong connection is
When we love each other in this world.

If it’s happy-making to connect again
Within this life,
How much more so it must be
When, travelers to another realm,
We find again the souls with whom
We’ve shared our love while here.

Reflection
I’ve learned that when people close to me leave this life a piece of me goes with them; likewise, a piece of them stays behind in my heart, where it’s always been. My good friend Carol died this past week. Yes, she’d been ill. But as long as she was here, present, and I experienced her friendship, feeling her life force, she was truly here, and I related to her in super-time, unmeasured and dimensionless. I called Carol last Sunday, a week ago. I found her in the hospital, again. This time she said good-bye, and said she was leaving this life. I called again on Tuesday, and she’d died. My heart has been mourning the hole where her delicious friendship, her vibrant wit, her down to earth common sense, her amazing fortitude and courage had resided.

Five years ago, I moved across the country coast to coast, leaving good friends to come back near family – grandchildren, especially. This weekend, I encountered these friends again, by surprise, at a professional meeting. We had a raucous, joyful, affectionate reunion. I knew again, as I’ve known before with others, how hearts that connect stay connected over time and space. We picked up where we had left off, as if we’d never been apart. 

I was surprised to find Carol’s voice mail message when I had a moment to check messages on my way home. I felt the same strong heart connection with Carol as with my California friends. Carol has left for another place. But our spirits’ link will live on, strong and loving. One day I will follow Carol on that trip and reconnect joyfully, raucously, blissfuly with those from whom I’ve been separated, even as I move away temporarily from others who will remain on earth. We are all one, and our unity is a joyful blessing.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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One Response to Good Friends

  1. Shannon says:

    Rosemary, sending you love. Shannon

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