Many years back, Amy Grant said upon the death of her dear friend, "Minnie Pearl," that she would miss her more than words could say. But that she also didn't have "to see the ocean to know it's blue."
Touching words on so many levels.
I was living and writing in Nashville at the time and immediately set out to write a song with that title. "I Don't Need To See The Ocean" has turned out to be one of my favorite songs, though it has yet to be recorded.
Why mention this, besides the beauty in Grant's words and the fond memories of an amazing woman of humor and humility, Sarah Cannon?
The ocean is a place I return to over and over and over...and hope to for the rest of my life. My shoulders lower and spirits soar at the sound of waves hitting the shore. And I guess just like Amy Grant, I had to admit that I can live without something I love so much, because I know its beauty and feel a connection no matter what.
Has there been something or someone in your life that you felt so strongly about, that you couldn't ever imagine being without, that presented an unexpected gift at its loss?