Something Better than Answers

I wheeled the suitcase up the walk for the last time, nodding goodbye to the big burr oak while a choir of birds practiced their Sunday song.

I considered all I was taking home with me that I had not carried in and all I carried in that I was leaving behind and I deemed it a good exchange.

Others have blessed me with their stories and by turns I have come out of hiding a little with my own.

There is something better than answers. At times what’s more valuable is knowing the questions worth wrestling with. And letting the rest go.



About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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13 Responses to Something Better than Answers

  1. sarahfarish says:

    I love this perspective. I am not sure of the questions worth wrestling with; I think I still wrestle the wrong ones often. But, that will become my prayer: To know the worth it ones. Thanks for this.


    • Marilyn says:

      That’s a good prayer, Sarah. I find hearing the stories of others helps me see what those questions ought to be. I mean, as opposed to someone handing me a list.


  2. pastordt says:

    LOVELY, Marilyn. I did not know you were going and I’m so glad you did. VERY sorry to have missed seeing you again.


  3. annkroeker says:

    Meeting you was such a treat after these years of knowing you through the screen! I’m so glad you have come out of hiding a little. I hope your words come out, too, to reveal some of the questions, to share some of the answers, or simply to tell some of the stories. Your contributions to the group discussions were rich. Thank you for being with us!


  4. Marilyn, yep. This is the place I’ve known. I dropped off the radar, but I’m baaaack. I’ve missed reading you and since we met IN PERSON, well, even better. So thankful to make that connection.


  5. Belinda says:

    I’m so glad you had a lovely and fruitful time Marilyn. It’s so nice to hear your voice again. I’m trying hard not to feel envious of everyone that got to see you! 🙂


  6. Oh I love this… all of it – but this right here, ” and I deemed it a good exchange.” Amen and amen! (and me too, friend!)


  7. Marilyn,
    So happy we got to meet and chat over lunch before our flights. And a hearty “Amen” to good questions and good exchanges 🙂 Praying God continues to guide you on your journey.


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