The Long Loneliness
“She was the best friend I ever had,” Marlene said. “We did everything together. We worked as a team. We were prayer partners. Then something went dreadfully wrong.”
She stifled a tear. “There was a shouting match. Accusations and insults hurled between us. Our relationship seemed doomed. I prayed for weeks. Finally, I stumbled out an apology: ‘I’m sorry for not understanding what was important to you.’ There was a wonderful breakthrough and we reconciled.”
The will to forgive and try again renewed their friendship. But Marlene explains, “It’s different now. We’ve set new rules. We’re more alert and sensitive. And we’re more grateful for this hard-won friendship. We’re determined to endure.”
Relationships are the gutsiest thing we attempt to do.
Eloise was raised in a circle of love. That was all she knew. “Growing up, we were the typical Waltons,” Eloise quips.
Then one day her eldest son told her he no longer wanted any communication with her. “This included his two sons, ages five and three, with whom I had a close relationship. I tried to reason with him, to reconcile, but he didn’t want it. This was so hard to bear.”
The days stretched into years. Life went on for Eloise but with a huge void. She prayed often about the rift and grew closer to God. “In the twenty years I was estranged from them, I became totally dependent on the Lord. And He used me to help others in similar circumstances.”
After the long loneliness, one day Eloise received a letter from her son stating he wanted to be part of the family again. “How I cried and thanked God for making us a circle of love again. My hopes had finally been realized.”
However, struggles persisted. On occasion, sharp words blurted out. “It took time to get close again,” Eloise admits. “But my prayer was answered to be able to tell each of them ‘I love you’ once again.”
Janet Chester Bly has authored and co-authored with her late husband Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly thirty-two fiction and nonfiction books. He also published 100 books of his own. She and her three sons—Russell, Michael and Aaron–completed her late husband’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. A Reader’s Guide for Group Discussion included.