‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
Elder Joseph of the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine was correct:
When we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
I was in that place this weekend, in that valley. With my husband, walking my son down the aisle to marry his beloved, a young lady we adore. All of our children participating and supporting their brother and sister-to-be. Our parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews all there with us. Surrounded by the love of our extended family and dear friends.
It is hard for me to imagine life being sweeter. Sure there were wonderful extras, a beautiful setting, music, food etc. But that valley of love and delight is created by family and friends. I’m sure I will be visiting this valley in my memories in the days and years to come.
I’m not sure who to thank for this good fortune but I am truly grateful.