My last couple months have been quite filled with "distress." Much of yesterday was difficult and disturbing. I had several friends here ... but couldn't really enjoy their company ... because I felt that I needed to be quiet and alone. Two hikes up the mountain ... first one in the rain with no umbrella or jacket. It just felt "right." Both in silence with an effort to "slow down" and face my aching "alone-ness" ... so I could know, more clearly, that I was NOT alone! Our Father healed my heart ... slowly ... over night. I awoke fully rested at 4:30 and headed up again ... at 5:22 in the misty dark. Today my hope has risen once again ... and my Faith feels deeper than ever. Amen.