Empty. Empty is feeling abandoned following a parent’s sudden death. Empty is living in a troubled marriage in which there is mostly silence. Empty is not knowing your direction in life, and not caring if you do.

Filled. Filled is knowing you have been loved, and cherishing precious memories. Filled is having had once-special relationships and experiences that only two have shared. Filled is finding satisfying work and a way to hone the skills you have achieved over time.

Filled is knowing there is someone who loves you. Filled is being able to give that love away.

Joy is recognizing that the Great Choreographer has presided over it all.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.