Tenderness is at the heart of survival in the situation that we find ourselves in. We call this need for tenderness in caring for someone with Severe ME “The MOMENT APPROACH : Maximising Opportunity to Meet Need Tenderly.”
The tenderness we talk about within the context of unspeakable pain, irritability, hypersensitivity , struggle is ultimately like the tenderness and vision of a child , trusting that all will be well , trusting in growth, trusting in love, trusting in goodness, trusting in God the Father ,who holds us all, in the whole of creation, in an ongoing act of renewal.
Each moment is an opportunity to regard each other in tenderness , despite our suffering.
Each moment is an opportunity for a sacred, healing, moment of connection. Let us not forget that God holds us tenderly too. And our little story is part of the universe and all then, is safely held, in the power of the cross and the Heart of Love : the power of the awesome Mighty Trinity, so that as Julian of Norwich reminds us ” All will be well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well ” , even if we do not know how this will be.
Let us all then seek tenderness, openness of relationship, kindness, goodness, gentleness, love and respect in our relationships with ourselves,each other and God.