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The Barn that was Too Much Alone — 12 Comments

  1. So much food for thought here Maryleigh! Such a beautiful analogy. I’m always saddened when beautiful creations die from neglect…so much to think about…
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

    • Barns are so much more than timber, Jennifer! It wasn’t my barn, but I felt the loss of it keenly! Shalom, Jennifer! ~ Maryleigh

  2. I have read The Imitation of Christ several times. I love that quote and the thoughts this barn has now brought to us all. May we remember and be willing to bear one another’s burdens, as we all need one another. Blessings!

    • I am working through reading my great-grandmothers copy of The Imitation. It’s a rich meal, indeed! Praying that we see to stop and listen to the stories and realize the needs of those isolated! Shalom, Joanne! ~ Maryleigh

  3. I appreciate your melancholy pondering on that lonely barn. I watched a barn being disassembled a few years ago with similar emotional response. Those old barns have so much personality.

    • It was melancholy, wasn’t it Michelle! When we are young and starting out, like my son who just graduated from college, we think we have time to gather all the stories. Then, when we are hungry for the stories – those who were the story keepers have left us. I think the barn echoed the stories and the people I miss. There’s so much more to a barn than its timber!

  4. What beautiful photos that speak such history and such longing. Thank you for capturing these thoughts and stirring our hearts to be more aware of the lonely ones! Blessings and love to you this week.

    • Because we are a society where family now often lives hours away parents, grandparents – or children and grandchildren – it’s so important to reach out to neighbors, develop friendships with those who aren’t born into our families, to listen to stories and build relationships! With my computer crashing, and one son graduating and moving out, post-covid vertigo and varying energy level – it has been challenging to find a space to write to post. I’ve missed this community the last few weeks! Blessings to you, too, Bettie. I cannot wait to get caught up!

  5. I am so grateful that God remembers us, hears us, sees us…and reminds us of those who are like that barn. Those who need a hand to hold, a voice to listen to, ears to hear them. Another beautiful post, Maryleigh. It has given me thought about myself during this Covid season as I am feeling like that barn these last few days, weeks.

    • There’s a story your thoughts – if barns had legs, where would they go? I can just see a 1950s style illustration with long arms that come out and legs that push up – as though the barn itself were it’s clothes and head – to go look for where it could be useful. The culture of covid has isolated too many people – we thrive with interaction, we need to be needed! Praying for you Linda as you maneuver through these times that are so antithetical to our design! Praying for ears to hear your voice, hands to hold, voices to share in give and take! You express the hearts desire and needs to so many!

    • There’s more to old barns than just the structure! It breaks my heart when they are torn down or fall down on their own.

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