One of the most important people in my life regularly undergoes a procedure that has the unfortunate side effect of really messing up certain parts of her brain chemistry. One of the main areas impacted is the language part of the brain.
For a good week or two, she is very limited both in understanding and speaking. Loving and supporting her has been a learning experience for me. (To be clear: I have the easy part of the deal.)
I am a very word-oriented person. It is one of my main ways of relating and of spending time with someone. Recently, I was thinking about this learning process. And realizing it mirrors the changes in my relationship with God.
A bunch of years ago, my main connection with God was through talking. And sometimes listening. So many of my practices now wordless. I have developed this whole new list of ways to spend time with God. It’s not different than the re-learning I have had to do with this special person: finding new ways to be together.
One of the best things I am learning is that words only get us so far. In some ways, the spiritual activities were a little more chosen. But the reality is that the new things I am learning to do, those not reliant on words, are some of my favorite things to do.