To be a witness is to hold another’s heart in the arms of Your own.
They say it is essential for children who lack effective parents to have an “enlightened witness”- an observer who sees, feels, and UNDERSTANDS what is occurring in a child’s life, and in turn, helps the child believe in him- or herself and his or her ability to navigate any challenges.
The enlightened witness may come in many forms. (You have no idea how many times I have prayed that I may fill the role of enlightened witness for my stepchildren.)
It got me thinking- perhaps even as we age, we all NEED an enlightened witness and we all, I hope, fulfill this role for others.
Even in the blogging world, there is nothing like a comment that makes you feel heard and understood, when you may be less than able to hear and understand yourself.
Perhaps it is an enlightened witness in our lives, someone’s heart who holds us in its arms, that enables us to succeed in the most glorious manner.
God bless all of you who are enlightened witnesses for others. We are better people for it.