Although this blog has remained without post for awhile, it is not dead. Life’s circumstances have crept in the way of consistent writing. The good news is that I have a job; the bad news, of course, is that said job has been busy enough to keep me from writing in this place.
Nevertheless, I am brimming with ideas, and I hope to post about at least one or two of them. For this job I’ve done a considerable amount of travel in a short amount of time, thus renewing my interest in writing about travel as a form of discernment.
I don’t know when that post will be published. Sometimes I question whether I should continue with this blog, and I always come back to the desire to write and not care if anyone reads these words. I do know I still receive many hits for a two and a half year old post containing a poem from Hafiz on loneliness (by far the most popular piece).
That, too, is worth blogging about again. Loneliness. Right now I’m in a season of being on my own, and working hard. Loneliness does accompany me on my work related travel, but I am most grateful for friends and family, though sometimes they are far off. The loneliness I sometimes feel now is good, because behind it, I feel loved. This lonelieness is a longing for those I hold dear and whose company I miss.
That post from 2008 highlights a time in my life when loneliness was an emptiness—and yet, as the Hafiz poem suggests, I let it cut me more deep; it fermented and seasoned me. After that post, I descended even further into a lonely and depressed place, but eventually I emerged. And here I am, full of life, and yes, still lonely and ever so aware of my need for God.
No, this blog is not dead. Even if my posts still are months from each other, and may at times be dormant, it is not dead. So long as people continue to search and read the Hafiz poem, it will be alive…